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Fearful and Wondering

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Genesis 3:23-24 & 4:13-14, & 16 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had   been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side   of the Garden of Eden cherubim    and a flaming sword flashing ba c k and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more t han I can bear.  Today you a r e driving me from the land, and I will be hid d en from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer o n the earth, and whoe v er finds me will kill me." So Cain w e nt out from the LORD ’ s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. As I was reading this p a ssage I had a few a few questions. Who was Cain afraid off? If the Lord has created Adam & Eve and Cain had just killed his bro t her Abel; who was left? Often when we sin, we have a tendency to hide and f e ar can grip us.  We run fr o m God because we kn o w that God sees

Can I get a Witness

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Can  I  get  a  witness ?  Better question, what kind of  witness  are we? A married couple coming to the apostles and laying before their feet, their money.  A good gesture, an offering if you will.  This couple has sold their house and are bringing the monies to the apostles' feet for distribution; to help those in need. So why did they die? Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” Acts 5:8-9 What exactly is the role of a  witness ?  A  witness  is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion provides a

Tight Laced Fingers - In His Grip!

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,  nor any powers,     neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God  that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This morning as I woke up I got on my computer to send out this daily email. But this morning I actually checked out the news; my eyes glanced over the words Typhoon.  It's another disaster that has occurred in this world; lives lost and families separated. One of the images was what seemed like, a young mother; she is gripping her child with interlaced fingers, guaranteeing that nothing is going to cause her arms to let go.  She has created a secure grip not only to insure herself but to protect the child she is holding as well. She is not standing in the midst of a nice hotel room, she's not even in the center of her home.  Actually her feet are touching dirt; flip flops and

In His Grip

Romans 8:38-39  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,  nor any powers,     neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God  that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This morning as I woke up I got on my computer to send out this daily email. But this morning I actually checked out the news; my eyes glanced over the words Typhoon.  It's another disaster that has occurred in this world; lives lost and families separated. One of the images was what seemed like, a young mother; she is gripping her child with interlaced fingers, guaranteeing that nothing is going to cause her arms to let go.  She has created a secure grip not only to insure herself but to protect the child she is holding as well. She is not standing in the midst of a nice hotel room, she's not even in the center of her home.  Actually her feet are touching dirt; flip flops and pair

Celebrating 30 Years | The Bride & The Bridegroom

Ephesians 5:21-33  Today my husband and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We pre-maturely celebrated it in August during our Alaska trip.  I love celebrations...I try to make them last for a long time :) Well, 30 years ago I did not know the Lord.  We got saved during our 7th year of marriage; on vacation....but you already knew that :)  Marriage is hard work.  There is submission and death. There is washing and cleansing and I'm not talking about laundry. I thank God for all he has taught us during these last 30 years.  I'm thankful for how he has changed us and continues to do so.  He has been Faithful. Marriage, an institution created by God requires a commitment to love, honor & respect even when you don't want to; even when there are difficulties.  Marriage is a commitment to seek God in the midst of everything life throws at us, hardship, disagreements, disappointments and every tool that Satan has in his belt to try and make God a liar.  The Bible

Crimson and White

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Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Colors....they invoke memories for me. Have you ever looked at a color and had a memory come to the forefront of your mind? Last week as I was driving to work, the beautiful Hudson Valley foliage was before me. It's that time of year where the mountains, full of green trees begin to change color. In only a week's time you can see the transformation begin to take place. What was green a week ago, this week can be orange, red or yellow, maybe even a touch of purple is seen. I was gazing at the beautiful colors as I was driving and immediately a memory, a small piece of time from my childhood flickered in my thoughts. I was about 10 years old; I remember sitting on my living room floor, in the Bronx, the small apartment I grew up in. I began to smile as I was driving; it was good

A Little Disclosure

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,  the new creation  has come: The old has gone, the new is here!   All this is from God,  who reconciled us to himself through Christ  and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.   We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,  as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin  to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Are you "comfortable" enough to ask for help? Last week I decided to spruce up my hair. I am 49 years old and some of that grey is showing. I have nothing against grey...but wanted a little "pick me up". So I proceed to the bathroom where I will begin my makeover. Well, most of you know that arthritis has ravaged my hands and