OUR OWN EYES

29 09 2012

Every man did what was right in his own eyes” Exodus. 15:26

These words preceded imminent destruction and captivity for nations, cities and individuals. Once again society has come full circle; leading itself into destruction. These words referred to times in history when this statement was true of everyone in the world from a God’s-eye point of view.

When we turn our eyes away from the Lord; we stop listening to the Word of God. When we only wish to be heard; we are headed toward the destructions prophesied by the Lord Himself (Reference, Jesus’ warnings of the ‘End Time,’ Matt 23, Matt 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21).

As Christians, we read the above paragraph (skim?) and nod our heads… “Yeah, that’s what “THEY” do! Amen!” However, look at today’s so-called “Social Media.” How many people are just “talking” and not listening? How many are commenting, but not hearing? How many are promoting their own agendas’ without being supportive of others?

Perhaps we can all afford to pull back and greet each other with a Holy kiss of acknowledgement, courtesy, support, and encouragement. “How will you know that they are Christians? It is “by how they love (Agape-love) one another.” Homework: Ex. 15:26; Judge’s. 17:6; Prov. 12:15 and 16:25 and please do comment on the Scriptures.

Prayer: May God bless you as you read His Word. Amen†

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I S-cream, You S-cream, We All S-cream…Let’s Stop Screaming

21 09 2012
We All Scream for Ice Cream

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

All over the world, there are many good ideas and opinions. There are many good ideas that seemed like good ideas at the time, but they just didn’t work out; like slavery in the United States. To the slave industrial market of the 17th century,  it didn’t seem like a bad idea… until it wasn’t. Slaves sang:

O Freedom, O freedom, O freedom over me… And before I’ll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free.” Many made good on that promise.

Perhaps today, the American Slave would be depicted in the news as ‘ungrateful Jihaddists.’ Also today, the ‘Children of Israel‘ making their ‘Exodus’ would have been considered ‘illegal aliens’ in the “Promised Land” as many still hold that same opinion today. Selah (meaning to pause and reflect)

There is a lot of chatter out in the world today Beloveds’ and we have to understand our presence in the world as Christians. We must always make our first consideration: What is written? What does the word of God have to say on this subject or that situation?

In several of the Gospels, we see a record of our Lord Jesus being tempted in the wilderness by Satan himself. Note that Jesus’ temptation came on the heels of His being tired, hungry and isolated from family and friends. Isn’t that when we all seem to be at our most vulnerable? Additionally, this temptation came at the decision point of a great undertaking for Father-God… Jesus’ assignment and agreement to be, The Christ… to take away and upon Himself,  the sins of all human beings on earth; in fact, the sin (downfall) of all creation.

In the Book of Luke, chapter 4:1-12, we see that Jesus spoke to the Arch Angel, Satan-himself; to tell him three times [Note: Holy Trinity]; precisely and concisely that: “…It is written…”

Vs. 4- “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Vs. 8- “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”

Vs. 12- “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”

As mentioned, there is a lot of chatter out in the world today, but some things are truths that do not change (if you are indeed a Christian).

  • We pray for the peace of Jerusalem
  • We extend kindness and charity to everyone we encounter; considering that we would have them do the same on our behalf.
  • We raise up generations after us to respect and honor the word of God and their fellow human beings, created in the very image of God.

POP QUIZ: You’ve just been mugged, beaten and left semi-conscious on the curb without an iPhone. Whom would you rather have stroll around the corner to discover you: The “good” Samaritan that without hesitation, tends to you immediately with care and concern or the “Rich young ruler” {all show and no dough…. all hat and no cattle…} who dots his ‘i’ and crosses his ‘t’ to perfection?

We all have opinions, however, the word of God comes first for Believer’s. Let’s stop screaming.

Be Blessed!





Needing A Word

16 09 2012

Courage

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—

and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23

In July the Lightkeeper wrote a letter to Dr. Maya Angelou, the Nobel Laureate, regarding the partisan idiocy we are hearing from the Washington DC Beltway folks; destroying the very soul of our country. I indicated my belief that many of the people involved are not ‘evil’ or ‘bad’, but weak, because they know better.

In the letter I told Dr. Angelou we (America) need a “word” and that God had gifted her with the very word we need right now as a nation. I told her “I know-that-I-know” this word resided within her and to please prayerfully consider it …and give it.

Let me assure you, I’ve never done anything like this before; however, to not write to her was akin to skipping a few needed breaths at that moment and so I complied with the Spirit and wrote the letter.

Long-story-short… Dr. Maya Angelou replied during a rare interview, Sunday September 16th to my query. Her heart (you could tell was full)… she shook her head and brought that word  up out of the depths of her soul. The word she spoke; good for the whole: “courage.” May we all attain a triple dose.

Be Blessed!





SAYING IT BETTER

14 09 2012

In view of so much turmoil in the world, there are many voices out there without a stake-in-the-game… However, TN Lighthouse Ministries is pleased to share a voice who is saying it better… “Healing Our Damaged Hearts” is the latest work from http://www.commonway.orgby Dr. Sharif Abdullah, a proud American who has had the fortunate experience to visit most countries in the world. He not only has a thing or two to say about the upheavals of today and how to fix it, but he also has a “better way to say it.” Register for the series today!





America!

11 09 2012
wikipedia images "Bald Eagle"

The Bald Eagle, Symbol of America

We are “American People.”

We come from every ethnic group under the sun.

We speak every language.

We live, love and die under the stars and stripes.

If you hurt one of us, you hurt all of us.

This is the simplistic civic mindset I was born and taught within all of my life.

It has stood me in good standing many years. That simplicity of America: My country to defend, to love and by God to have the freedom to criticize (when needed) is precious to me. That American civic trust was sorely tested the morning of 9/11, eleven years ago.

Twelve of us, American Ministers all; found ourselves marveling over the majestic beauty of Niagara Falls {on the Canadian side} that Monday, September 10th; then devastated to incredible, wide-eyed silence on the morning of September 11th.

We spilled into the hallway of our Toronto hotel, half-dressed, some of us crying (me) and most of us only half-awake; but all of us had our televisions blaring from our open hotel room doors. “Did you see it? What’s happening? This is horrible; O my God…this is horrible!

A quick consensus brought us to hurriedly dressing, meeting in the lobby and cabbing over to the Church that was hosting the ministerial convention in Toronto for better up-to-date news and just to be around more people; fellow Christians.

The convention keynote Minister was a bombastic, baritone, South African man; large with a barrel chest and prominent patrician nose. He came to the microphone solemnly, saying: “America is under attack!” The one-thousand member crowd gasped as one, with our little entourage shivering in the third front row; having been guided there by volunteer s who learned that “we” were the American contingent at the convention {wow-Who knew there were country-related contingencies?} But there we were, hustled down front, looking gosh-slapped and surreal.

He asked the Americans to stand. We did, expecting him to pray over us and for our country. The rest of the conventioneers began to applaud us… as in appreciation for our country’s immediate plight; when suddenly, this leader cautioned them to stop clapping.

He told a story about how he’d wanted to hold his meetings in New York two years earlier and the various liturgical leaders of New York refused in joining him to hold an event. He then said, “America was being punished for its ungodliness.”

Okay, picture this: The twelve of us are standing in a room of over one thousand Christian ministers from around the world and this guy is saying that America is godless and just got what it deserved. That’s pretty much when I snapped out of my incredulous lethargy over the tragedy taking place and my Americanism went into full-throttle-boil.

An older woman with us couldn’t stand any longer and collapsed down into her chair, weeping openly. It was so quiet in the cavernous room; you could hear her sobs that racked with every breath. It was too late for consoling or advising me… I lost it!

No, Lorna, stop crying!” I pleaded with her, grabbing her limp hand. Looking about at the rest of our ‘American contingency’ who’d bowed their heads; tears streaming… “No, that’s not true!” I pointed toward him at the podium with my other hand.

Are we going to listen to this guy? He should be praying for us, praying for America; praying about all those people killed! Are you kidding me?” “Are you really that mad that New York turned you down two years ago for a meeting, that it’s okay that innocent people were killed today—and its’ what our country deserves? Are you out of your mind?”

Shouts, hoots, whistles and applause began in the upper stands and began streaming downward toward us in the third row, front and center as I grabbed Lorna and made our way out of the convention center.

Epilogue: It was Tuesday September 11, 2001. Our tickets to return to the USA were booked for Saturday the 15th. All airlines were closed until that Saturday. It was touch-and-go all week as to whether we would be able to fly out of Canada by then. Meanwhile, meager apologies and explanations of misunderstandings were made by the conventions’ leadership team. The laughter and fun of our little crew was dimmed, but we walked with our heads high and our backs straight; even when we had to rock each other out of tearful moments in private. We limped through that horrible week and flew home. We flew home to America. ###





Amen, Awman, Aw-mayn, Ameen, Aman

10 09 2012
Safe!

Safe!

Various forms of the word “Amen” is found throughout the Bible, the Torah and the Qur’an. We say it in Church and Temple. We say it when we wholeheartedly agree and we also say it with varying degree’s of sarcasm.

The word ‘amen’ has crossed over from many languages, from the earliest days of recorded history; while still maintaining its general meaning: “So be it, or to confidently affirm, agree or concur with a speaker.”

It is an affirmation, an agreement for the trustworthiness of and belief in, what is being said. The Hebrew word translated as “faith” (to believe)  is “emunah“, derived from the Hebrew rootaman”, meaning to nourish, to make firm and strong; like a nurse or caregiver over the one being cared for nourishes to strengthen and benefit.

In Genesis 15:6 after God showed Abram the countless stars of heaven, telling him that similarly his children would be without number; it is written… “Then he (Abram) believed in the Lord and HE reckoned (or accounted) it to him as righteousness.”

The word ‘believed‘ in Hebrew is listed within Strong’s Concordance as number 539, “Awman,”the root of “amen;” which is the same word used to depict a nurse or mother, holding a child or baby. A baby who is relaxed, fully and expectantly depending and dependent-trusting; to build up, support, to be permanent, settled, and at peace.

Our trust applies to faith: Faith, being a state of relaxation, a posture of rest; not struggling or straining. It is a faith that lies in complete trust ; like the sleeping baby in our arms, we are safe in the arms of the Lord…

Ending our prayers with “Amen” is an act of our faith. We are declaring humbly to the creator of this Universe that we will depend upon Him; trust in Him. We can rest and  relax in the knowledge that HE will bring “it” to pass. Are you at that point in your faith yet or still striving in your own strength?

Ephesians 2:8 should hold a deeper meaning for us now as we read what the Apostle Paul said to those Ephesian Gentiles of his time: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–” NIV

Please enjoy the Love Alive V Choir: 25th Anniversary 1998 of “Safe In the Arms of the Lord” as arranged by the late Bishop Walter Hawkins.  As always: “Be Blessed”

Amen!

http://youtu.be/A9WQXLf-ilQ?t=7s





Amen, So True

6 09 2012

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

“The root of all dishonesty is pride and insecutity.” Book: “The Remnant”, Author Larry Stockstill; page 79; PP3

Let’s hold hands and keep each other in our prayers with sincerity and love. Be Blessed!
The Lightkeeper








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