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As Numerous As The Stars

When I first started this blog it was for the purpose of posting pictures from a trip to Jordan so friends and family could view them whom didn't have an account on Facebook or Myspace. For some time it was just a personal blog for personal writings of not much of anything important and a way friends and I could be our usual goofy selves. I had no idea it would grow to what it's becoming.

I appreciate those who have taken the time to comment, contact me through email and regularly come to read. Hearing from brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the world has been such a blessing to me and encouraging.

From North and South America to the UK, Europe, Malaysia, and Indonesia. To my sisters from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan Nepal, countries I've never even heard of to all over Africa. You are always in my prayers. I and others are always praying God grant you strength, grace, wisdom, meet every need and cause you to grow in love, faith and in knowledge of Christ.

 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" Philippians 1:3

In all of you have I found, though having no biological brothers and sisters, that God instead blessed me with spiritual siblings as numerous as the stars. He has blessed you with the same. Though you may look around and see no others who've come to the faith as you have. Though you may feel alone and frightened, you are not alone. We're never alone. We're all in this together to the end with the Bridegroom and you aren't forgotten by God or others who lift you up in prayer before the throne continually. So the next time you feel alone look at the stars above you and consider.

Keep fighting the good fight. Stand firm in the faith. What God began in you He will bring to completion. He is a shield about you and the lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3). Even in all of our struggles, fears, floods, crucibles and pain...

"For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you.'" Isaiah 41:13

He will never forget you, never forsake you and is your treasure on earth and in heaven. If God is for you there is no one who can stand against you. (Romans 8:31)

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!" Isaiah 49:15

You are loved by our Father and Redeemer and by me as well. May God richly bless you and keep you until He welcomes you home. Merry Christmas beloved of the Lord.

He's At the Door

"Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." Luke 21:34-36

Prior to making this statement, Jesus spoke vividly about the coming end times and all the signs leading up to it. He spoke about the destruction of Herod's temple, wars and Christian persecutions, the destruction of Jerusalem and the signs we'd see right before His return. He followed it with a warning in the verses above.

 The word "dissipation" in the Greek is κραιπάλη, ης, ἡ. It's a noun and it means to over indulge whether in food, drink and any other excess or self indulgence. Drunkeness is self explanatory, but then He states, "the worries of life". 

Being on guard has the idea of high alert and vigilance. Every sound, every movement is met with readiness. Think of a soldier in a war zone. He's not drinking from his canister, crying to his mom over the phone, playing video games or flipping through a catalog picking all the material things he's going to buy when he gets home while faced with the enemy. He has his weapon in hand, he's aware of the slightest sounds and movement and every muscle in his body is tense and ready to spring into action any second.

 The warning for us in these verses that followed the signs of the end and the lesson of the fig tree, is to look around us. We are surrounded by the enemy in enemy territory who will throw every tactic under the sun at us. We see the signs. We know His return is close, even at the door. He's saying "Watch yourselves! Don't become distracted and weighed down by worldly pleasures, self indulgence, partying, drinking, drugs (whether illegal or to help us cope) or let worries and stresses, struggles, heartaches or troubles take your attention away from what's coming."

In our society and culture the days are becoming increasingly darker and we're surrounded by the blackness of evil. We tend to use forms of escapism to distract ourselves from the stress of it all. The very foundations of our the world are being shaken. Economies are collapsing. Entire societies are imploding. We're worried about our own jobs and financial security. We're worried about the future of our own nation. We're worried about terrorism. The culture has shifted dramatically. Going through a economic collapse would be catastrophic because people are more wicked and iniquity abounds.

We use the internet, TV, movies, music, partying, drinking, drugs, etc., to distract ourselves and get our minds off of what's happening around us. We accept the notion we deserve to indulge ourselves with the world and all it offers because we've worked hard, had a tough week, went through a serious financial, mental, emotional or physical upheaval. The world advocates and presses the idea of over indulgence, treating yourself to all it offers because you deserve it.

It's all a smoke screen. It's a tactic of the enemy who knows our own sinful, selfish nature better than we do. It's a dangling of the carrot. It's an attempt to start a fire in another corner to get your attention off the elephant in the room and Satan is well aware of what the elephant in the room is. Jesus warns us not to fall for it. He's telling us to keep our eyes on Him and not what's around us because He's at the door. What's coming through the door is far greater and more devastating than anything happening around us.

The final sobering warning is if we allow ourselves to be distracted, that day will close on us like a trap. If we see the signs then we should be expecting Him and preparing for Him. The trap will close on those who've become so distracted they no longer think about it therefore expect it. Like a bear or deer wandering its usual territory suddenly finds itself caught in a trap it never expected, so are we wandering with the world. We no longer pay attention or are alert. We follow the same paths day after day and life moves along, but soon enough we will find a trap slamming down on us.

By all worldly accounts we should be worried. We should be entering panic mode with the state of our society, world and mankind in general. The sin nature's course of alleviating that panic is self indulgence and escapism through several means. Yet, Jesus warns us not to do it. Because of the increase of wickedness and the deep furrows we all bear from it, we tend to sink into ourselves by throwing elaborate pity parties and keeping our focus on us and/or the wrongs against us. Yet, Jesus warns us not to fall for it.

We must be vigilant and on high alert. Nothing is out of God's control and every frightening sight or news we hear about has already been known and being brought about according to God's plan and purposes.

"Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD." Zephaniah: 2:3

This is what should be weighing on our hearts and we should be concerned with. We should be in prayer, study and preparing for His arrival. If you've found yourself focused on the fire in the corner while ignoring the elephant in the room or following the carrot  then first, praise God for the warning He gives to all of us. Second, be thankful He's pointed it out to you. Next, act on it lest that day close on you like a trap.

The Master of the house is at the door.

"All-American Muslim" Show Losing Sponsors

Boston Globe Story

If you're unfamiliar with this new TLC reality show, camera crews follow five Muslim families around in Dearborn, MI as a means to show the American public Muslims are no different than the average American family. I beg to differ. Moving swiftly on! Sponsors now have pulled their money from the show following protests: Lowe's Home Improvement,, Bank of America Corp. and Sears Holdings Corp.

He Will Finish It

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" Philippians 1:6 

This is probably one of the most powerful Scriptures I've read. In it do we come to understand that our confidence is never in us or should be in us, but in God alone. As imperfect, fallen creatures we are more prone to fall then to rise. There's nothing in us deserving of confidence. Our confidence is in Christ alone. Not only did He seek us out and save us, but He won't give up and will complete the work He began.

If you are a believer then God began a work in you and no matter what, He will finish it. It's all His work and not ours. We did nothing to provoke it and can do nothing to finish it. We were dead in our sins therefore incapable of doing anything. He has done it apart from us for us. His church, His body, all of us, have been built on rock, a solid, sure foundation that cannot be shaken or destroyed. We stand and live on that rock in spite of ourselves because He keeps us standing on that solid foundation.

This good work God began in us is of grace and it will make us good. It is making us like Christ and all things work together for that good whether times are great or you're going through the most painfully difficult time of your life. It's all working under His control that good work He began in us. God is not like us. He finishes what He's begun despite us. If He didn't then He wouldn't be any more worthy of confidence than our own flesh is.

But He has promised to not forsake us, to not give up and everything He plans He carries through. There is our confidence. Though we fail, though we sin and fall flat on our faces, though we can't lift a finger anymore to help ourselves, He will continue on the good work He began and will not only finish it, but crown it in perfection. He will finish it even if He has to beat the daylights out of us to do so. He has promised a spotless bride and He will deliver.

Are things just spiraling out of control and you feel like a failure? Do you wonder how you will ever get out of the mess you've found yourself in? Are you depressed? Do you wonder how you will ever see another good day? Are you afraid you've crossed the line with God? Do you feel as though you are one sin away from God throwing up His hands and saying "That's it! I can't take you and your failure anymore"?

He will finish it.

 Again, He began the good work in all of us while we were still His enemies, depraved and hostile toward Him. We did nothing for Him to begin such a work and we can do nothing for Him to finish it. Thank God for His unconditional love. Thank God His good work is not dependent on us or anything we can or can't do. We may be failures, but He's not. We may not finish things, but He always does. That work He began in you, He will finish it.

Disclaimer: I do not condone the teaching of men by women nor am I trying to exercise authority over men by using this blog as a method of teaching men. All posts are for the edification of women. For more on what I believe concerning this issue please see: Women - No Dominion Over Men
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