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It Cuts To the Heart !!!!!!

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

(Acts 2:29-37)

This is the way Scripture is – it “cuts to the heart” (verse 37). I use to think I was the one who needed to speak just the right words to witness effectively, as if my words were the main factor in someone’s decision to come to know Christ; but I have news for you, my words and your words don’t matter all that much.

If you look at our story, it appears Peter has done a great job of interpreting Scripture, as well as prophesy relating to the Messiah. His words are convincing and convicting, so it appears that it was Peter who led three thousand people to Christ that day, right? Wrong!!! Just the opposite is true. Peter was a fisherman, he wasn’t a scholar (like Paul), so where did he get the words? The answer is: he was fully surrendered to the power of the Spirit. The Word (Scripture) was in him and the Spirit was upon him – he was simply an instrument.

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All Scripture is God breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Do you think a person has to be a believer before Scripture can “cut them to the heart”? The Word of God speaks to everyone no matter who they are or what they say they believe. Scripture cuts to the heart then asks the next question: “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Something to think about on this beautiful Wednesday.

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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A Covenant He Remembers !!!!!!

A Covenant He Remembers !!!!!!

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. (Psalm 111:5)

Those who fear God need not fear want. Through all these long years the Lord has always found meat for His own children, whether they have been in the wilderness, or by the brook Cherith, or in captivity, or in the midst of famine. Hitherto the Lord has given us day by day our daily bread, and we doubt not that He will continue to feed us till we want no more.

As to the higher and greater blessings of the covenant of grace, He will never cease to supply them as our case demands. He is mindful that He made the covenant and never acts as if He regretted it. He is mindful of it when we provoke Him to destroy us. He is mindful to love us, keep us, and comfort us, even as He engaged to do. He is mindful of every jot and tittle of His engagements, never suffering one of His words to fall to the ground.

We are sadly unmindful of our God, but He is graciously mindful of us. He cannot forget His Son who is the surety of the covenant, nor His Holy Spirit who actively carries out the covenant, nor His own honor, which is bound up with the covenant. Hence the foundation of God standeth sure, and no believer shall lose his divine inheritance, which is his by a covenant of salt.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
 

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On Our Way Home Again !!!!!!

This was suppose to have posted yesterday but due to our difficulties at O’Hare Airport in Chicago I wasn’t able to get it posted.

We just boarded our plane in Portland, Oregon on our way home to Oklahoma (Sunday). We are running 2 hours behind our original departure time so we are certainly going to miss our connection in Chicago for our final leg home. It appears there was a fire Friday in the Chicago Air Traffic Control unit. It has fights cancelled, or running late all over the country.

When I was younger this type of thing would have upset me. Today, it is a minor annoyance, if that. This too shall pass. In the scope of the “Big Picture” it doesn’t even register as a blip. For whatever reason we were not to be on time as tens of thousands of others.

The trip was a good one. Levi II is doing excellent with his left hand after severing the fingers in April. He’s not able to fully use the hand; it is more like a helper hand with limited usage. He has dealt with it very well and has not been slowed down except some projects may take him a little longer. He is quite a good builder like the rest of the Thetford boys. They just recently moved into the new home they built in the country. He has almost completed his first building on the property; a new well house complete with porch and all. He did a really great job on it.

Little Miss Beautiful (Eisley) was a delight the whole trip. She is our youngest grand daughter at 2 years. I tried to nickname her Skeeter but she didn’t go for it. I think another day or two and she would have. I rarely call any loved one by their names. I make up special names for “Special” people. I’m not sure why but I always have.

Notice the hair on Miss Eisley. It truly is incredible. I asked her if she would share some of her hair with her half-bald Poppie but she wouldn’t go for that either.

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We want to thank Amy, Levi II, and Eisley for yet another nice time. The food was great, your home is beautiful and comfortable, but most of all, because of who you are. You are true followers of the Lord Jesus. Your spirits are sweet and polite and calm and very peaceful. It is always a treat to be around you and we love the three of you.

The Lord gives us many wonderful gifts and is good to us as His children. David speaks of it: ” Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8).

Before you can attribute these gifts and goodness to God you must take refuge in Him. If you don’t know Him today, run to that permanent hiding place and be protected by His mighty hands.

PS: All of the above was written on Sunday morning on the plane. As an aside to the above incident, we were not able to leave Chicago an had to spend the night there. We were fortunate to be home Monday night. Again, the Lord was gracious to us. When I spoke to the airline employees after missing our flight we spoke to the nicest and most helpful ones I’ve spoken to in a very long time. She looked at every available scenario to get us home. When she was finished my wife and I had first-class tickets and she also threw in a very nice room at the Crown Plaza Hotel. We didn’t ask for any of this. When I spoke with other people who had been stranded in the airport for 2 days I knew we had been blessed. The Lord’s blessings are never ending.

Something to think about on this beautiful Tuesday,

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Family, Grand children, Religion

 

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Need To Open Our Mouths !!!!!!

Need To Open Our Mouths !!!!!!

Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:10)

What an encouragement to pray! Our human notions would lead us to ask small things because our deservings are so small; but the Lord would have us request great blessings. Prayer should be as simple a matter as the opening of the mouth; it should be a natural, unconstrained utterance. When a man is earnest he opens his mouth wide, and our text urges us to be fervent in our supplications.

Yet it also means that we may make bold with God and ask many and large blessings at His hands, Read the whole verse, and see the argument: “I am Jehovah, thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Because the Lord has given us so much He invites us to ask for more, yea, to expect more.

See how the little birds in their nests seem to be all mouth when the mother comes to feed them. Let it be the same with us. Let us take in grace at every door. Let us drink it in as a sponge sucks up the water in which it lies. God is ready to fill us if we are only ready to be filled. Let our needs make us open our mouths; let our faintness cause us to open our mouths and pant; yea, let our alarm make us open our mouths with a child’s cry. The opened mouth shall be filled by the Lord Himself. So be it unto us, O Lord, this day.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Christianity, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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To Glorify Jesus !!!!!!

To Glorify Jesus !!!!!!

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:14)

The Holy Ghost Himself cannot better glorify the Lord Jesus than by showing to us Christ’s own things. Jesus is His own best commendation. There is no adorning Him except with his own gold.

The Comforter shows us that which He has received of our Lord Jesus. We never see anything aright till He reveals it. He has a way of opening our minds and of opening the Scriptures, and by this double process He sets forth our Lord to us. There is much art in setting forth a matter, and that art belongs in the highest degree to the Spirit of truth. He shows us the things themselves. This is a great privilege, as those know who have enjoyed the hallowed vision.

Let us seek the illumination of the Spirit; not to gratify our curiosity, nor even to bring us personal comfort, so much as to glorify the Lord Jesus. Oh, to have worthy ideas of Him! Groveling notions dishonor our precious Lord. Oh, to have such vivid impressions of His person, and work, and glory that we may with heart and soul cry out to His praise! Where there is a heart enriched by the Holy Ghost’s teaching there will be a Savior glorified beyond expression. Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly light, and show us Jesus our Lord!

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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Work Is Done; Rest In Him !!!!!!

Work Is Done; Rest In Him !!!!!!

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)

God has provided a Sabbath, and some must enter into it. Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers.

Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus.

As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the Lord in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the Lord and rest in Him. When the Lord gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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How Lost Was My Condition ?????? ( A John Newton Poem )

How lost was my condition
Till Jesus made me whole!
There is but one physician
Can cure a sin-sick soul
Next door to death he found me,
And snatched me from the grave,
To tell all around me
His wond’rous pow’r to save.

The worst of all diseases
Is light compared with sin;
On ev’ry part it seizes,
But rages most within;
‘Tis palsy, plague, and fever,
And madness-all combined;
And none, but a believer,
The least relief can find.

From men, great skill professing,
I sought a cure to gain;
But this proved more distressing,
And added to my pain;
Some said that nothing ailed me,
Some gave me up for lost;
Thus ev’ry refuge failed me,
And all my hopes were crossed.

At length this great Physician,
How matchless is His grace!
Accepted my petition,
And undertook my case;
First, gave me sight to view him,
For sin my eyes had sealed-
Then bit me look unto Him;
I looked, and I was healed.

A dying, risen Jesus,
Seen by the eye of faith,
At once from danger frees us,
And saves the soul from death;
Come, then, to this Physician,
His help he’ll freely give,
He makes no hard condition-
To Jesus look and live!

 

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