Monday, December 23, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Faithfulness Is Taking the Next Step in Faith: Trust & Obey!


From an old English parsonage, down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
 And on through the hours the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration--"DO THE NEXT THING."

Many a question, many of fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows, Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, "DO THE NEXT THING."

Do it immediately; do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
Leave all resultings, "DO THE NEXT THING."

 Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor,
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing,
Then, as He beckons thee, "DO THE NEXT THING."


-- This poem is said to be Anonymous, but it seems to me to be straight from the writings of George MacDonald. I suspect it is written by MacDonald.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Odin turns to Santa: The Dangers of Coke!

Eric Brown believes that Santa is really Odin, only a bit out of shape.

Love those Coke commercials at Christmas... but is there a reason why Coca-cola commerciasl are so seductively attractive, this time of year? Hmm...

Enjoy! Have a Coke, and Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Never give up: Keep working, keep praying

Never give up praying, not even though Satan should suggest to you that it is in vain for you to cry unto God. Pray in his teeth; pray without ceasing. If for awhile the heavens are as brass and your prayer only echoes in thunder above your head, pray on. If month after month your prayer appears to have miscarried, and no reply has been vouchsafed to you, yet still continue to draw nigh unto the Lord.

Do not abandon the mercy-seat for any reason whatever. If it be a good thing that you have been asking for, and you are sure it is according to the divine will, if the vision tarry wait for it, pray, weep, entreat, wrestle, agonize till you get that which you are praying for.

If your heart be cold in prayer, do not restrain prayer until your heart warms, but pray your soul unto heat by the help of the ever-blessed Spirit who helpeth our infirmities. If the iron be hot then hammer it, and if it be cold hammer it till you heat it.

Never cease prayer for any sort of reason or argument.

— C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, December 06, 2013

Everything is Grace. So, humble yourself in God's sight!

The one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort... is God. — Phil. 2:13

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. — 2 Cor. 3:5

“No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.” — John 3:27

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” — John 6:44

Jesus went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them." — John 6:65

“I will give them a single-minded purpose to live in a way that always shows respect for me.” — Jer. 32:39

Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By his sovereign plan he gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. — Jas. 1:16-18

For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them. — Eph 2:10

O Lord, you make us secure, for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. — Isa. 26:12

Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. — 1 Chron. 29:14

What do you have that you did not receive? — 1 Cor. 4:7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 1 Pet. 5:6


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Acetaminophen linked to liver and kidney damage

Acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol & prescription pain relievers like Vicodin and Percocet) is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the USA. and