July 4, 2022

The United States: Free and Independent

 


  “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”—Galatians 5:13 (KJV)

June 19, 2022

A Tribute to Fathers

 



 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."—Proverbs 22:6 KJV

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May 8, 2022

Honoring Mothers

 



"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."-- Proverbs 31: 27-28 (KJV)

April 17, 2022

Easter: The Right to Begin Again

 


Romans 8:1-3 (KJV) –"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

December 21, 2021

1 Example: Staying Strong Through Continual Challenges

 


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Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”—James 1:12

August 23, 2021

A Culture of Respect: Why is it Necessary?

 


 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”-- Philippians 2:3 (KJV)

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June 20, 2021

Honoring Fathers

 


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 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Matthew 16:18 (KJV)

May 9, 2021

Mother: a Sacred Title



 


“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”-- Proverbs 31:28 KJV

April 4, 2021

Easter: Justice Satisfied

 



 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”-- Psalm 34:18 (KJV)

March 14, 2021

How Love Starts Within

 


 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”-- Psalm 139:13-14  (KJV)

December 24, 2020

A Time for Joy


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”—John 3: 16-17 (KJV)

November 30, 2020

Gratitude: a Blessed Attitude

 



"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV)

November 12, 2020

Achieving Your Dreams 101


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 “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”-- James 1:4 (KJV)

 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”-- James 1:20  (KJV)

October 21, 2020

Freedom From Judgment

 


 

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”-- John 7:24 (KJV)

September 30, 2020

A Boost of Hope and Strength

 

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September 9, 2020

Gratitude: A Healthy State of Mind



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"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
(KJV)

August 24, 2020

Standing up to Tormentors




“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”—Luke 10:19 (KJV)

August 6, 2020

Letting go of a Painful Past



"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."--Ephesians 4:31-32

July 24, 2020

How Patience Pays Off, part 2



 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”-- Hebrews 10:36 (KJV)

July 16, 2020

How Patience Pays Off




 “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”-- Romans 8:25 (KJV)

July 8, 2020

You are Deeply Loved.



”The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”—Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV)

July 1, 2020

Why “Failure” Isn’t Final


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 “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”-- Psalm 16:8-9 (KJV)

June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day!


 “Harken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.”-- Proverbs 23:22 (KJV)

June 16, 2020

Humor: the Natural Medicine



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“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”-- Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)

June 9, 2020

Mr. Rogers’ Tips for Compassion


  
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”—Ephesians 4:29, 30 (KJV)

May 26, 2020

Comfort and Encouragement


 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”-- Isaiah 41:10  (KJV)

May 18, 2020

Priceless in God’s Eyes



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“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”—1 John 3: 1-3 (KJV)

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Who doesn’t feel broken in these tough times?  At the very least, we wonder when toilet paper will be widely available. At the most, we’ve lost our job, our health--or even a loved one.

And those masks…aren’t they uncomfortable? (I have asthma and claustrophobia. I also wear glasses. That’s three strikes against me. )

So many aspects of life make us doubt both our current value as well as our potential. That’s why I want to share the wise thoughts of a relative of mine, David Schmitt.
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This past week I watched Disney's "Prince of Egypt," probably the best movie ever made. However, one scene in particular stood out to me; when a giant, nomad-priest, Jethro, with forearms bigger than my head, sings a song to comfort his future son in law, Moses. To provide some sort of backdrop, Moses had recently escaped into the desert, and fled the comforts and privileges of his home to become part of Jethro's nomad band.

At this point Moses was severely doubting his worth and purpose in life, so, to comfort him, Jethro sings him this A1 slapper. The song is called, and rightly so, "Through Heavens Eyes". Jethro expresses to Moses via this song that with our finite mortal vision, we cannot accurately judge our worth or value. To do so, we must look at ourselves through heaven's eyes.


This made me think. What do we see when we look at our lives through heaven's eyes?

To answer this question I had to do some digging. I started with the secular perspective of worth and value, as determined by economics. Value has 2 separate facets, 'Exchange Value' and 'Use Value'. Both denote different things. Exchange value is arbitrated by the market. A diamond is obviously more valuable than a water bottle according to the market. Use Value, however, is determined by necessity. A diamond, while stranded in a hot desert, is of less value than a water bottle.

With these concepts in mind, we can come to better understand what is seen when "Looking at life through heaven's eyes". We know we are of infinite value. Being children of the Most High automatically gives us innate worth and purpose. That is our market or exchange value. It is incalculable.

I believe however, that it is at the intersection of these two perspectives, understanding your "exchange value" (infinite) and realizing your "use value" (potential), that you come to see yourself through heavens eyes. It is with both that we truly come to understand, and come to be the person that God sees in us. We come to quite literally see ourselves through heavens eyes.

My Conclusion



Amen (So be it. I agree.)…Do you agree?

May 10, 2020

A Celebration of Motherhood




“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”—Isaiah 49:15 (KJV)

May 6, 2020

Hope: an Anchor in Troubled Waters, part 3





"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”--Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)

April 27, 2020

Hope: an Anchor in Troubled Waters, part 2



"And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety."--Job 11:18 (KJV)

April 20, 2020

Hope: an Anchor in Troubled Waters



Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."-- Romans 15:13 (KJV)

April 13, 2020

Easter: a Time of Renewed Hope




 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”-- 1 Corinthians 15:55 (KJV)

April 5, 2020

Easter Imagery: Light and Purity


 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”-- John 8:12 (KJV)

March 29, 2020

How God Provides




“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”—Matthew 6:34 (KJV)

March 22, 2020

God Finishes What he Begins



God doesn’t leave projects unfinished. “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
“For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:”—Isaiah 43: 1-3 (KJV)

March 15, 2020

Peace During the Pandemic



"The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace."--Exodus 14:14 (KJV)

March 8, 2020

Letting Go, part 2




“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”-- Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

March 1, 2020

Letting Go



“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”-- 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

February 23, 2020

Surviving the Fire



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"If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king."--Daniel 3:17 (KJV)

February 16, 2020

Faith Versus Fear: the Ongoing Battle



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"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."--James 1:2-4 KJV

February 9, 2020

When Sorrow Turns to Joy



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“Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”-- John 16:20 (KJV)

February 2, 2020

Love: a Creative Power, part 5




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“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”--1 John 4:16 (KJV)

January 26, 2020

Love: a Creative Power, part 4



“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”-- 1 John 4:18 (KJV)

January 19, 2020

Love: a Creative Power, part 3



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 “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”-- Romans 5:5 (KJV)

January 12, 2020

Love: a Creative Power, part 2



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“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”--1 John 4: 7-9  (KJV)