Gems 2015 — March 29 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 25-27

Guest  post by Jeanette Andrade

March 29 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 25-27

Food for Thought: I Sam. 25:2-39

What is a faithful wife to do when her husband is an evil scoundrel and makes harmful decisions? A good wife desires to be submissive to her husband, but some men make that extremely difficult. However, Abigail showed that, as the helper that God designed her to be for her husband (Gen. 2:18), at times it is necessary for the wife to matters into her own hands, and act quickly. Though she had to go behind his back to act and do something against his will, her intentions were not do dishonor him; rather, they were to preserve his life and the lives of all the others males on his property. Still showing him honor, she made sure to tell him about what she’d done later when he was sober. Abigail did her part in the marriage, even though Nabal did not. And for her integrity, Abigail is the heroine in this story.

It sure is better—and easier!—when both parties are fulfilling their calling in the marriage as God designed it. A godly man who loves the Lord and puts Him first will also love his wife. He will do as Ephesians 5:25 directs: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” Further, Colossians 3:19 says, “Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.” And in I Peter 3:7, husbands are instructed, “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel (delicate and of great value, like a crystal vase (my words)), and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

When the husband is not self-absorbed and has his priorities in order, and the wife does too, then she can easily fulfill her calling and purpose as laid out in Genesis 2:18 (Amp. version): “Now the Lord God said, ‘It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.’” As his “helper,” and able to trust him as a godly man, she readily submits and respects him as the Word instructs in Ephesians 5:22, 33; Colossians 3:18; and I Peter 3:1. That is when things really flow well together.

Abigail could have told the servant who had brought up the issue to her, “Oh well, that’s just how my husband is, and whatever happens is all his fault. Besides, I’m just a woman. What can I do? He’s already spoken.” But she chose to do the right thing for the benefit of her husband and, of course, of all who were living there. As she demonstrated, even when the spouse is not honoring his position as he should (or, even if the husband does and the wife does not), the other could still do the right thing, regardless of the condition or behavior of the other. That is what love does. It is unconditional.

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.):

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Gems 2015 — March 28 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 22-24

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 28 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 22-24

Food for Thought: I Sam. 23:24-29

Under other circumstances, David and his mighty men would have been available to fight the Philistines along with their countrymen. But, because of the irrational vendetta that rose up in the heart of Saul, David was not in a position to do so. This is exactly what strife does. Strife keeps people separated and prevents them from effectively dealing with the real enemy together. It distracts from issues that need attention and weakens the structure of the unit. As we have seen in today’s scripture selection, that comes at a very high cost and greatly affects those around the ones in strife.

James 3:16 warns, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” You can bet that wherever there is strife, there is confusion and an array of other problems, and things are not functioning at their highest potential. At the root of it all is pride (Prov. 13:10; 28:25). That is why the Lord teaches us to walk in love (Eph. 5:2) which covers each other’s sins (Prov. 10:12; I Pet. 4:8). (In other words, with God’s love, one is not quick to react to offense, real or imagined, and over-looks them, instead.) This is only possible for people who have given their lives to Christ and have “crucified self” (Gal. 2:20), enabling them to love with the love of the Lord.

A person who stirs up strife is called a fool in the Bible (Prov. 20:3). He/she is a wrathful person who also loves transgression and wants his/her way, regardless of the destruction it may cause (Prov. 17:19; 29:22). However, as believers of Jesus Christ and having His nature, we can be wise and not participate in strife. Romans 12:18 tells us, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” While we cannot control the actions of others, we can control our own and decide to be led by the Spirit and not be drawn into the fight. This will allow us to remain focused on the Lord Who will help us in dealing with the real enemy at hand.

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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Open Thread!!! Suyts’ Gathering!!!!

For a while, Jeanette and I, and the rest of the immediate Sexton clan will commune together, ….. and some who are not so immediate ….. 

Man!!!  It’s a beautiful thing!  Christians!  Lovers of Truth!  I wish you guys and gals could be here!  When I stand among them, I stand among giants and angels! 

I played with a great nephew, today, another James Sexton!!!!  Again, I wish you all could be here, it’s a most beautiful thing!  There will be worship, there will be music, there will be food, there will be political discussions, there will be prayer …..  it’s “wow” stuff!

Jeanette is up here to say something at some women’s gathering at a church my brother and sister-in-law belong to. 

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Gems 2015 — March 27 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 19-21

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 27 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 19-21

Food for Thought: I Sam. 19:18; 21:1-9

David was in a very difficult, dangerous position as he ran for his life. King Saul’s mental condition made it impossible for David to feel secure around him for even one moment, no matter what oath the king had sworn (19:6), and Jonathan, Saul’s son and David’s best friend, confirmed that he could not go home. So he fled. But in his flight, he made some very wise choices.

First, he met up with Samuel, God’s representative (19:18). Some people, when in trouble or pursued by the enemy, run from God instead of to Him. Spiritual support in time of need is vital to making it through the problem. Nowadays, our spiritual support comes foremost from the Holy Spirit, Himself. In addition, it comes from ministers and also from the entire Body of Christ, the Church. Every member is a vessel of the Holy Spirit and, if he or she has made himself/herself available to give a word from the Lord, it will be invaluable to the one facing the challenge.

When it became necessary for David to move on, he went to see Ahimelech the priest. There, he asked for bread. Of course, David was thinking practically for survival and needed sustenance. Now, our Bread comes from Jesus Himself. He says in John 6:51, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” Jesus also says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” This living Bread sustains us daily and eternally, even in the presence of our enemy.

Next, David asked for a weapon and was given the very sword that he had removed from Goliath and was stored behind the ephod. We’ve all been provided with a sword with which to defend ourselves: the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Eph. 6:17), which is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). Nothing does better to fight against the enemy than the Word of God that strengthens our faith and accomplishes much as we speak it out.

Supplied with all these things—the spiritual support, the Bread of Life, and the Sword of the Spirit—we will not only survive the threat, but come out victorious. However, lacking any one of those elements will make the escape quite treacherous with no guarantee of success. We need them all, and the Lord is ready to supply them as we daily face the enemy who, as a roaring lion seeks whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8).

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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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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