Gems 2015 — March 26 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 16-18

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 26 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 16-18

Food for Thought: I Sam. 16:4; 17:10-11, 24; 18:8-9, 12

One common theme in today’s selection is fear and how it dominates people’s lives. While some would say that fear is a normal, human reaction or feeling, it is not how the Lord intends for us to live our lives. Fear paralyzes. It attributes more power to the enemy than is real. It ruins relationships and is at the root of jealousy. And, in the case of the elders of Bethlehem, it is probably caused by sin and condemnation.

Notice that the elders of Bethlehem trembled just because the man of God was entering the town. What should have been a time of rejoicing and great honor was an event that provoked fear in them. What had they been doing that caused them to fear his presence? Did they expect some harsh punishment? It is reminiscent of when Adam and Eve, after their fall, saw that they were naked and hid themselves from God (Gen. 3:8). Unfortunately, some people today avoid ministers or church altogether for the same reason. They are afraid of being exposed because of their life-style. Sadly, their misconception of God and their fear keeps them from really receiving the love of God and being set free. He will not reject or condemn anyone!

Saul and all Israel were easily drawn to fear because they put more stock in what they could see with their eyes and hear with their ears than in the Word of God and their supernatural experiences of His power in the past. All they could think about was the “here and now” instead of encouraging themselves and building their faith from what they should have known to be true, a truth much greater than anything they could perceive with their natural senses. The Lord had proven Himself to be faithful time and time again, but none of that mattered to them, and they were “dismayed” and “dreadfully afraid.” What a terrible condition to live in!

Saul showed again his tendency to fear when the people began to praise the feats of David. His jealousy of the people’s adoration for David triggered fear in him that he would lose the approval of the people as well as the kingdom, which caused him to have fits of rage especially directed toward David. Behind most people’s animosity is fear and insecurity.

David’s heart was not so inclined (at least at this point in his life). He had a secure, intimidate knowledge of his God and had experienced God’s intervention many times in his own life. He knew Goliath was no match against the power of the Lord working in him. In addition, fear would have allowed the enemy to have dominion in his life and in the lives of all his countrymen. So if no one else would stand up to the “uncircumcised Philistine” (a man outside the covenant of God), then he certainly would. (There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (I John 4:18))

And so it is today. Fear may be a normal reaction, but only for those who do not understand their position in Christ and all the benefits that come with the covenant that the Lord has made with us. So regardless of the size of the enemy, we do not need to fear. God is great enough to handle it in us.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Some Country!!!!

So, I’m doing something I haven’t done for a very long time.  On my old PC, I’ve a huge collection of music.  In it is some/all of Country’s greatest!  (before the crap they’ve played/written over the last several years).  And, I’m just letting it soak in like the suds I’m sippin!  No video, no nothing, but, the music and the voices!

Here’s a couple I’ve just heard.

 

 

 

I’m gonna let these songs just come through for a bit.  Later, after hearing a song I think I can play, I’ll pick up my guitar and try a beer induced effort, and maybe, a chorded keyboard effort.  I’ve been giving some work to my neglected musical instruments, as of late.  No, none of it is great, but, when I play at our summer gatherings this year, the memories will be great! 

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The World Is So Hot It’s Melted This Much Global Ice!!!!!

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Penguins just won’t know what to do!!!

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LOL!!!! Buzzfeed Embraces Reaganomics!!!!!

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REAGANOMICS VICTORY: LEFT-WING BUZZFEED GRANTED $4 MILLION IN TAX CREDITS

According to Capital New York, left-wing companies like BuzzFeed and left-wing places like New York are all about trickle-down economics when they believe no one is watching. BuzzFeed is worth close to a billion — with a “B” — dollars. Nevertheless, the left-wing company threatened to take their 400 jobs to another state if the already-overburdened New York taxpayers didn’t cough up $4 million in tax credits.

Buzzfeed explored the option of moving 200 of its employees to office space in New Jersey before New York’s chief economic development agency entered into an agreement giving the company $4 million in tax credits to promote the retention and creation of in-state jobs, Capital has learned.

It is so weird when this happens. Hollywood also does this. Leftists publicly rail against corporate tax cuts (really, all tax cuts) and attack the very idea that lowering the cost of doing business will create jobs … and then they turn around and demand lower taxes for their already-wealthy selves, usually in the form of what some might call blackmail:

“While we would likely continue to maintain an office in NYC for employees who meet frequently with others in NYC…the pricing differential between the real estate we have seen in NYC and the real estate in New Jersey indicates that relocating 200 of our current employees to a New Jersey office may make sense,” the digital media powerhouse said in an application to New York state’s Excelsior Jobs Program, obtained by Capital through a F.O.I.L. request.

In return for that $4 million in corporate welfare, BuzzFeed has promised to create 475 new jobs.

If I correctly understand super-wealthy media leftists, it goes a little something like this: tax cuts only create jobs if the company that benefits from the corporate welfare is a left-wing company. Tax cuts for other companies is Greed! Inequality! White Privilege! Evil! Dastardly! Un-American! Un-Patriotic! Reverse Robin Hood! An Attack On the Poor! Anti-Science!

Reaganomics for me but not for thee.

Heh!  Reality is so hard!!!! 

But, this is why I despise leftards.  I’ve no doubt they’ll blather some idiocy in their own defense.  It’ll be entirely constructed upon and built by BS. 

Buzzfeed in no manner will create 475 jobs.  But, what they are doing is doing what any business would do —- seek the best deal possible.  Sure, they’ll still rail against corporate welfare, but, they’ll happily blackmail the people of New York for their slice.  Again, it’s impossible to conceive that Buzzfeed will create 475 jobs with their $4 million reprieve of the onerous taxes of New York.  Buzzfeed, like most leftarded online media entities are on their way down and out.  Oh, sure, leftarded online entities will continue to exist, but, they’re going nowhere, and nowhere fast.  Really, they are to blame, themselves, because it’s the people they’ve empowered which is causing this.

From Obama to the “Hands Up” lunatics to the “Occupy” crazies, entities such as Buzzfeed has empowered those imbeciles.  So, now they’re forced to threaten NY with moving to NJ to extort money.  Maybe they can merge with the NY Times or something …… then they can both be saved for a bit longer.

h/t Dirk

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The Dims Alternative To The Disgrace Of America?

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Another, longer enduring disgrace.

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What’s A Bigger Disgrace To The People Of The US Than The People Below?

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The US Army is charging Sgt.(spit) Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and “Misbehavior Before The Enemy”.  This is after, of course, we traded 5 scumbag terrorists for his worthless ass.  3 of which are already reconnecting with lunatic militants.  It’s disgraceful. 

Prior to this disgraceful event, the US used to maintain that we never negotiate with terrorists.  But, the entire nation broke our word for that moron who should have never been seen fit to wear the uniform. 

But, there is someone more disgraceful than Bergdahl.

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The jihadist loving, Jew hating, anti-American, Barrack Hussein Obama.  He has brought undue harm and shame to this nation. 

There are millions more who should be pictured; Obama’s protectors and apologists.  They’re all a bunch of horrid scumbags, and this nation needs to purge themselves of these anti-American scumbags, or this nation will not long stand. 

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Gems 2015 — March 25 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 13-15

 

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 25 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 13-15

Food for Thought: I Sam. 14:6, 7

Your faith and positive attitude has an impact on others and actually brings them up to reach higher levels! While they may not have originally thought of the opportunity to apply faith and see God do great things through themselves, you can plant that optimistic seed in them, and, because of it, they will catch the faith, be inspired, and follow you, if you exude confidence.

Jonathan is an example of that. He knew God was not limited to the human circumstances and was quite capable of performing the miracle and using them to defeat a garrison of about twenty Philistines within about a half an acre of land, regardless of the “odds” against them. It just took a few words of encouragement, and his armorbearer went along with him, according to what was in Jonathan’s heart. In so doing, he was blessed by being a participant in the victory, even though it wasn’t his idea to take the enemy on.

Murmuring, expressing fear, and complaining are completely contrary to this and have the exact opposite effect on people. (“Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath (Prov. 29:8.”) So in the face of a challenge, instead of exacerbating the problem, we can encourage ourselves in the Lord, build up our faith by the Word and by bringing to our memory the mighty feats of the Lord, and choose our words wisely. Then, strengthened by His Spirit, we can infuse others with a spirit of determination and faith and see God do once again a mighty work.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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On A Personal Note …… Computers!

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So, I’ve spent the last two days asking myself “who does this?!??!!!?”

From time to time, I’ll contract with a tech company which contracts with other people who contract with companies which need some IT grunt work.  I typically do it so my wife can have a little spending money as she’s the one they usually contact.  Yeh, it’s weird, but, it really does work that way.  Even if the company has a huge tech support dept with a huge WAN.  

So, my wife and I set out to do a little upgrading of a remote site, not very far away.  This place was moving from Win XP to Win 7 …… cake!  NBD!!!!  They even printed us very specific step by step procedures!  And, we’re to follow those procedures, and that’s it!  ……. Well, in these sort of things, one must always expect some issues.  This one was no exception.  Apparently, of all of those people, from the IT of the company to the contracting people,  none of them had bothered with such silly notions as “compatibility” issues, or legacy software, even if the software was mission critical.  101 different flavors of network printers with no driver location on the network?  Who does that?  What?  We didn’t test to see if IE9 was 100% compatible with the web app every person in the company uses?  Oh, okay.  2003 era barcode printers?  Why wouldn’t they work with Win 7?  Seriously, one person we upgraded literally had a floppy disk in the A: drive!  But, we had this really cool program which ported the person’s files and whatnot over to the new PC.   Two 12 hour days and I’ve got to go back to work my real job, but, we’re still not done.  But, who gets the grief?  Saps such as myself, when the end user looks at you with disdain because you broke their scanners.  Oh, and why not schedule this company wide so we can drop the net to a slow crawl while all this is going on?  Did I mention they all had to use a web app ran from their WAN servers?  Did I mention we ported the persons files and data via the very same network?

Well, that’s my whine for the day.  But, seriously, who does that?   

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Cosmopolitan’s Cognitive Dissonance —- Unborn Children’s Reaction When Mothers Smoke!!!!!

Well, they just don’t teach logic, anymore. 

I thought this was worth showing ……

Disturbing Ultrasounds Show How Unborn Babies React When Their Mothers Smoke

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Now, a story about ripping the poor children from the womb …. well …..

h/t Twitchy

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Gems 2015 — March 24 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 10-12

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Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 24                              Scripture Selection: I Samuel 10-12 

Food for Thought: I Sam. 12:19-25

God’s grace and mercy are amazing!  Despite the rejection of the people whom He has delivered from so many hardships, He still has His hand extended toward them.  The mistakes we make in life do not, nor will not ever, cause the Lord to withdraw His love from us.

So many people think that they have sunk so low in sin that they have no hope of having a relationship with the Father.  They think they have blown it and caused irrevocable damage, so they continue in their painful life, resigned to live in solitude and darkness because they believe that is what they deserve.  Sadly, it is their own self-condemnation that is the only obstacle that keeps them from a better life with Him.

But hope is not lost!  All they need to do is reach out to Him and not turn aside again to “go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver,” as Samuel counseled the people who were anguishing over the sin they had committed (vs. 21).  He reassured them, “the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people (vs. 22).”  Jesus came for all the people of the world (John 3:16), with the intention of saving us and not condemning anyone (John 3:17), and the power of His grace and mercy is MUCH greater than any sin that we have committed.  Any sin. 

Samuel also did two other things for them.  He committed to pray for them, and he promised to teach them the good and the right way.  The Lord, even today, has placed people strategically all around the world to help those who have regrets and need to get on the path with the Lord.  His representatives are equipped to pray for them and guide them by teaching them to live by the Word of God.  Anyone in need of such help just needs to ask the Lord for it and seek it.  The Word promises that he who asks will receive, and he who seeks will find (Mat. 7:7).  God will draw near to anyone who will draw near to Him (James 4:8).  Availing oneself to His immense love and receiving His grace and mercy is that simple.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):  

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?): 

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):  

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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