5/30/12 – Grateful Hearts

This morning I was pensive as I thought of the surgical procedure my cousin would be undergoing today. Tonight I am thankful for the blessings from an Amazing God

  • a successful triple bypass for a dear cousin
  • a successful swallow test for Casey and her release to begin to eat solid foods again
  • a day spent with powerful, spirit-filled Christians and loving family
  • a safe round trip to and from the hospital today (2 hours each way)

Thank you God in all your Majestic Glory for blessing the likes of me.


5/30/12 – Hearts

This morning as I sit here in my quiet time I am quiet and humble before God. I want to slow this day down on the one hand and fast forward it on the other. Today at 11:30 am CDT someone very dear to me will be going through open heart surgery for a quadruple. bypass. As I pray over him asking God to guide the hands of His angel (the surgeon) I am once again humbled at just how fragile life is. But just as the surgeon will cradle this broken heart in need of repair in his hands, skillfully making repairs that will clear away blockages so it is in our lives when we surrender our hearts to Jesus. Jesus loving cradles our heart in his powerful hands and gently, and sometimes not so gently, removes spiritual blockages and sanctifies us freeing the flow of The Holy Spirit in our lives.

This morning I am praising God for skillful heart surgeons who can repair our physical hearts and for Jesus who holds our hearts – even when a surgeon is holding it in his hands.

Lord, this is the 2nd time that someone very dear to me has faced open heart surgery. Watch over my loved one, grant him peace and healing. And comfort each of us and calm our fears as we wait.
In Jesus Name

Mrs. Baugh’s Bible Treasure 5 – Bible Answers – Part 8 – Support of the Gospel

The small 6″ x 2.5″ folded flyer that I found in Mrs. Baugh’s Bible is so filled with inspiring biblical answers. There are a total of 11 sections in this tiny flyer. This posting will focus on Part 8.



On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.



For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.


6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.


How were the jews required to give to the Lord?


Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.


Condemnation rests upon those who obey not the gospel.


5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Reality of Paul’s Authority

7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— 9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

Limits of Paul’s Authority

12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, 16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.

17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.


8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,


Christian Unity


Sectarianism Is Sin

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

JOHN XVII, 11-23.

11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.


The Scripture is sufficient for salvation

 JOHN XX, 30-31.

30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.


The First Commission

 MATTHEW X, 5, 6-9.

Sending Out the Twelve

5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,


 The Last Commission


6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,

MARK XVI, 15-16

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

LUKE XXIV, 46-47

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.


The Disciples were first called Christians at Antioch

ACTS XI, 26.

26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.


The Church called Churdh of God


Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes ourbrother,

2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours

Death…the one thing we cannot conquer, but don’t have to worry about.

From one of my favorite bloggers.

Pastor Mike Says

Death…it strikes fear and hope into the hearts of many. People spend a lifetime trying to delay it, but few try to understand it.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death1 Corinthians 15:26

In this life we face many formidable enemies: temptation, grief, discouragement, fear (to name just a few). But none has proven so devastatingly indestructible as death itself.

As children of God, we have all known what it is to fight against sorrow, to war against lust, to battle with depression – and still come out victorious, through the power of Jesus Christ. But none of us has ever known anyone who has locked horns with that grim enemy Death successfully.

The last enemy, the one whom we all fear to face, is the very enemy that we cannot possibly defeat. But this is the very same enemy that Christ has…

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My Hiding Place

Be sure that you listen to the song My Hiding Place. I had never heard this song before. It is lovely and the words are so meaningful.

Everyone Has A Story...

Whenever things get really hard for me to deal with, I tend to hide from the world. Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed by the things in my life that are hard for me to deal with. However, today I’ve been blessed with a resting peace, and it can only be described as a peace that surpasses all understanding. Hopefully, things will calm down soon, and I will have some peace around me, to go along with the peace I feel in my heart today. In the meantime, I’ve attached a video of John Michael Talbot‘s song that I’ve been listening to since I was a young girl. It’s music soothes my troubled soul.

John Michael Talbot – Hiding Place 

Song lyrics to The Hiding Place:
You are my hiding place, O Lord
You saved me in my distress
You are my hid-ing place
You save me from…

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