Mrs. Baugh’s Bible – Treasure 5 – Bible Answers – Part 11 – Advice to Christians


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 11 – Advice to Christians.

john v, 39

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me..

Romans XII

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+11&version=NKJV

Ephesians VI, 11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

1 Thessalonians V, 16-17

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing

Galatians V, 22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Hebrews V, 12-14

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

I Corinthians XVI, 2

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.

Colossians III, 17

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

1 Timothy II, 15

Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

Titus II

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+2&version=NKJV

1 Peter IV, 8-11

8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

II Peter I

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Peter+1&version=NKJV

Acts XX, 32

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Revelation II, 10

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Revelations XXII: 14,18,19

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[b] to him the plagues that are written in this book;

19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book[b] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

* All scriptures are NKJV

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Mrs. Baugh’s Bible – Treasure 5 – Bible Answers – Part 10 – List of Bible Conversions


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 10.

Acts ii

The conversion of three thousand.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2&version=NKJV

acts viii 26-40

The Ethiopian eunuch.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+8%3A26-40&version=NKJV

acts ix 1-30

Saul of Tarsus.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A1-30&version=NKJV

acts xvi 14-15

Lydia

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+16%3A14-15&version=NKJV

acts xvii 11-34

Many believed.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+17%3A11-34&version=NKJV

Who is our mediator?

1 timothy ii 5-6

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

Romans VIII, 26-28

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

James V 16-20

16 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

We no longer live under the laws of Moses but under Christ.

Hebrews ix

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+9&version=NKJV

Why is there need for a new covenant?

Hebrews viii 7-13

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds[a] I will remember no more.”[b]

13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

My Comments:

Do you live under this new covenant? If not, I hope that you will take time to study & learn about this new covenant of Grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.

All scripture in this blog are NKJV.

Making Plans


Making vacation or business trip plans, setting short-term and long-term goals, striving to “reach the mark”; terms like these are often a part of professional and personal daily life. Discussions are rampant with what our plans are for tomorrow. Yet without goals and dreams, we would wander aimlessly through both our personal and professional lives.

James, the half-brother of Jesus, however, tells us not to boast about tomorrow when he says:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

(James 4:13-14) NKJV

I don’t think he is telling us not to make plans, In the context around the verse and in other scriptures, James and other biblical authors urge us to acknowledge God’s role in our planning, understanding that His plans for us are far greater, and supersede any plans that we may have for ourselves.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

(Jeremiah 29:11-13) NKJV

Where is God in your planning? Do you seek His Divine Wisdom as you make your plans? Are you plans aligned with His plans for your life?

Lord, as I make my plans and set my goals, may I first seek your wisdom and discernment. Your plans for me are greater than anything that I can imagine. Help me to always align my plans with your direction and plans for my life. In His Name Amen.

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 3/13/2013

Bless The Lord Oh My Soul

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The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the LORD,you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD,all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD,all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD,O my soul!

Psalms 103:19-22 NKJV

Psalms 37 Speaks Out


Psalm 37:3-9 (NKJV)

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fretit only causes harm.

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.

(Bold added for emphasis of the verses referenced below)

The book of Psalms is one of my favorite books of the Old Testament. It is power packed with emotion and with words of wisdom. King David’s ups and downs of life speak to my heart and I often find great understanding and affirmation in the God’s words in the Psalms.

Psalms 37 is no exception to the sharing of powerful messages that are meaningful today in my life and I reference these often —

  • The words “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your (my) heart.”  speak  –  Be happy, the LORD is near; enjoy Him as you go through your days. Jesus cares about the desires of our hearts – He knows them, each and everyone. (Lord give our your desires in our hearts.) He not only knows our heart, our feelings, our will and our thoughts — He will respond and fulfill those desires when we serve Him for He loves those who serve Him with an unconditional love. PRAISE THE LORD!
  • The words “Rest in the LORD… Do not fret…Cease from anger and forsake wrath…Do not fret–it only causes harm” speak — These verses simply and clearly speak “SNAP OUT OF IT” when I read them. When I am angry I turn here to this words and I can hear Jesus saying — “Marilyn, why are you wasting time being anger or fretting don’t you know that I have everything under control. SNAP OUT OF IT my child and wait on me to handle the issue for I know what needs to be done. Give me your concerns. Rest in me”  PRAISE THE LORD!
  • The words “But those who wait on the LORD”  re-enforces the rest of the passage. God knows our every need. He will fulfill our every need — not necessarily our wants — in His Time and in His Way. PRAISE THE LORD!

May your day be filled with the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ as you walk with Him today.

Are We Body or Soul?


We are inundated each day, almost everywhere we turn, with advertisements or conversations focused on our bodies. Weight loss, physical fitness, the right makeup or hairstyle/color, nail grooming, detoxing, gluten-free diets, yada, yada, yada.  You know what I am talking about for we, as a nation, are very consumed with our bodies and our physical appearance. So much money and time spent each year on our bodies in some form or another.

I wonder what would happen if we spent that much time focused on our soul instead of our bodies?

  • How many lives would be changed for eternity?
  • Would there be fewer murders, abortions, and crime?
  • Would our schools be a safer place for our children?
  • Would we even need to discuss gun control?
  • Would the state of our government being improved and our economic issues resolved?
  • Would our companies be more focused on building relationship that in turn build their business up and less focused on just the bottom line?

I wonder…

You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

C. S. Lewis

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28 NKJV

And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Revelations 20:4  NKJV

Saturday – 12/15/2012 – Conflicting Thoughts


It is rare that I just “blog” and write what is on my heart, but today I feel the need to just express some of the warring emotions going on inside — mostly fueled by events of yesterday.

I did not learn of the CT shooting until after 5 pm CDT yesterday.  You see, yesterday was my retirement day from a large healthcare facility’s IT department. In about 6 weeks I would have completed 36 years there. Since I basically grew up there after beginning as a secretary in 1977 at age 25 and ending as an IT Director, I spent most of the day reflecting on the 100s, maybe 1,000s, of people whose lives had touched mine during those years — the leaders that I worked for, the peers who encouraged me, and the employees who were loyal members of my staff.

It was a wild ride of ups and downs, but a ride that God blessed in so many ways – always through other people — either a boss who recognized my skills and opened a door for me or an employee who needed an encouraging word or was in need of mentorship. There is no way to thank everyone for the positive contributions they made to my life. The negative people and their negative contributions are long forgotten and are unworthy of time spent thinking on them.

Kind words, a lovely reception, lots of hugs and memories, and unexpected, thoughtful and meaningful gifts filled my afternoon. I was so blessed.

The decision to retire had been a difficult one – one that I had prayed over for months. Back in early September I asked God to help me know if and when I was to retire. I asked that it be in His perfect time and that I would have NO DOUBTS. This prayer was lifted up at 6:00 pm on a Tuesday night while I was in the prayer chapel for my weekly hour of prayer there. I also left a prayer request asking others to pray for me as I wrestled with this decision.

Between 1-2 pm the following day, while in a meeting, I KNEW that this time was now for me to retire.  By 4:00 pm that same day I knew the day to give my letter of resignation and I knew that my last day was to be 12/14/2012. I have NEVER had a single doubt about these decisions. I KNEW I was in God’s timing.

Immediately following my reception as we were cleaning up, one of our leaders returned from a Press Conference with our organizations leadership where a merger of our healthcare facility had just been announced.  Immediately, I KNEW that God had known I would hear this announcement on this particularly day and He KNEW that it was the BIG CORPORATE culture that I was struggling with and that was why I was so stressed each day. I now knew His perfect timing was complete, at least for now.

It was only after my husband, Richard, and I got home and were reflecting on the day, that I learned about the loss of precious lives in CT. Suddenly the events of my day became less important, less significant as I thought on these hurting families, this hurting town, and the sickness that seems to be filling our nation — and my own grandchildren.

The heartache, the sorrow — these children will never finish school, have a job or retire. They will not have Christmas, birthday parties, fall in love.  The heartache, the despair their families must be feeling. I cannot imagine.

Although I know without a doubt, God is still in control and in the end God wins, it is still difficult to see the state of our world. Evil, sick people take the lives of innocent people, even children; even locked schools cannot protect our children; the economy is failing and all that I have worked for these 36 years could all slip away in a blink of the eye, family owned or close-knit smaller businesses, relationship-oriented, caring businesses are being forced to become huge, multi-corporate organizations that must focus on the bottom-line and government mandated reimbursements, regulations and penalties instead of the patients they care for and the employees who work there, and my grandchildren’s future seems so uncertain.

1,000s of personal memories, thoughts of the future – not only mine, but that of my peers and my daughter who will be a part of this merger process have filled my mind, competing for attention in my head.  But, these thoughts pale in comparison and are also competing with the thoughts of sadness and numbness I feel for those families in CT, knowing that only by the Grace of God this did not happen yesterday in one of the communities close by here or to my grandchildren or children. There is no guarantees that this type of evil tragedy will not occur here… in fact it did when Nidal Hasan shot so many in the Ft. Hood massacre only a few miles down the road. Yet even the devastation of that massacre did not leave me with the depth of sadness that I feel over these innocent children many states away.

Although, Satan reigns in our world, the fallen state of the world since Adam and Eve ate the apple, and the sinful flesh of humanity are often the reason for these tragic events. Although, Satan is real, he often can sit back and watch as the sinfulness of man takes over and destroys life, destroys home, destroys dreams.  Why is it so difficult for troubled people to seek the help they need?   Why is it so difficult for people to believe that Jesus is real. That He came to earth in the form of a wee baby so that we — everyone — can have life, an abundant life.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:10 NKJV

Only God really knows why Adam Lanza did what he did.

I wonder how different things would be today, if as a small child, Adam Lanza had been taught to read The Bible, had been taught about this man named Jesus, had learned to pray to Jesus and most of all had accepted and experienced the unconditional love of Jesus. I wonder if instead of being a loner, a troubled young man, whether he would have been a youth serving others, going on mission trips, or teaching children the love of Christ Jesus instead of being dead after savagely taking the lives of so many innocent ones. I wonder if these 28 people, especially the children, would be alive today.

9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:9 NKJV

My work of the last 36 years may be over, but my wish to do the Lord’s work is only increasing as the thoughts war for attention in my soul. These past 36 years of work are of little value — hopefully as I have shared and prayed with members of my teams, Jesus has made a difference — but the work itself has little eternal value. If just one child, one person’s life can be changed because I shared the gospel message or because I let Jesus’ love shine through me to touch their lives, then I will feel that my life has had purpose and meaning.

I believe that my true work is just now beginning…

Lord, help me to make a difference in the lives of others. Help me to share your gospel message of salvation. So many in this world are troubled, lost and hurting. So many need to know that unconditional love is real. That they are loved with a love unlike any that they could imagine — a love that no human can give them — but a love that God has freely made available to them through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Comfort these hurting families in CT in ways that only you can do.

In Jesus’ Holy and Precious Name,

Amen

Postscript — I do not oppose the merger mentioned above — it is right for the organization and the community; just not the right work environment for me personally.

My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts

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“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are my your ways My ways.” says the Lord.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

Riches or Right Living?


Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.

Proverbs 11:4   NKJV

I guess compared to many in the world, my husband and I would be classified as wealthy; however, our financial status truly is lower middle class and soon will be low middle class, I’m sure, as retirement comes our way.  I am so thankful that we do not have to buy our salvation with money or material wealth!!!

As Christians saved by Grace, we may stumble in our goal of “right living”. Fortunately for us, God sees us as righteous through the blood of His Son, Jesus.  So through Jesus’ death we gain life!  Praise God!!!