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Fleas on Thanksgiving

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Romans 12:7a NIV if it is serving, then serve; 2013 Happy Thanksgiving! I find myself communicating a lot this past week with you. As you know I adopted Savannah Hope on Tuesday. She is a precious little thing. So she spends the day and the next morning I am playing with her and I thought I saw something on her move. Well let’s leave it at that! I was scared and angry. I adopted Savannah from the same place I adopted Mercy & Grace. I was very specific about the cat's health. Make sure she has no fleas; I have two other cats and this could be disastrous. Well lo and behold, you got it - this kitty cat has fleas. I was so overwhelmed. I drove immediately to the vet, treated Mercy and Grace just in case somehow they also has picked up theses fleas.  Luckily they were not playing together.  On the contrary they were on opposite sides of the house hissing at each other, having spit fights. So why this story on Thanksgiving?  The Bible says that each of us have be

Danger. Heed the Council

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"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!" ( 1 Corinthians 10:12) I have to stay close to God, he's my protection. When we were young our parents would say, go out and play, but "stay where I can see you".  It was for our protection.  Our parents were aware of the imminent dangers in the playground, the perils and threats in the streets.   I grew up in the Bronx and I remember walking down the block from the bus stop.  As I walked I felt a presence as if someone was walking close behind me.  So I decided to look back.  Yes, there was a man taking strides with me.  I decided to cross the street, to test and see if this was my imagination or indeed danger lurked behind me.  I crossed, he crossed.  I was afraid but smart enough to heed the instructions of my mom. The words echoed in my mind "be careful and wise." Every time I left the house those were my mom's words.    As I got older, a teenager, a young adult, thos

Truth, is it Tainted?

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“Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood he stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet. 1 Kings 2:5 NIV Ephesians 6:13-15 NIV Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. The belt of Truth and feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of Peace, wow! As I read 1 Kings it reminded me of the armor that the Apostle Paul speaks of in Ephesians. This armor, a "protective covering" if you will that is to be worn by the believer, e

Change is Comimg

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2 Corinthians 4:7-9 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. The season of change is upon us. This is my favorite time of year along with Spring. I look on the horizon as I travel; look at the mountain range and see the transformation occur. It's a healthy vibrant green landscape full of life and within weeks it seems like it dies. Two questions arise; is everything really alive in the midst of the green forest and when the conversion is complete, is everything that looks dead, really gone? When all is well and life is fruitful we really don't pay much attention to the areas that are slipping away; the parts of our lives that may need attention. As the season changes and the lush of greenery fades away, the obvious sick or dead zones seems t

Have we Kept What Belongs to God; at what expense?

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J oshua 7:19 NIV Then Joshua said to Achan , “My son, give glory to the Lord , the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.” I read this story in God's Word last night and it caused me to weep. A story many are very acquainted with including myself; it caused much sadness in me. The most wrenching part for me this time around was the family. In my mind I could not help but think, picture, try to imagine how this entire execution, the removal of this sin was accomplished. The sadness, the ripping of one of their own; casting them far from themselves to the point of death. If God were to shine his light among us, the people of God; what have we done that has caused reproach; has stopped the blessing of God from flowing or worst yet, what curse have we invoked upon ourselves? The crime was theft; You shall not steal Ex. 20:15. A close look and in the light of all the plunder it seems petty; silver, a robe, and a gold bar vs. 24. The

Freedom to Worship

John 4:15 The woman said to him,“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” The familiar women at the well; she brings an earthen vessel perhaps to bring water back to her family. She is all ready to satisfy her thirst and her need for this essential part of life; water. But her trip is interrupted by a Jewish man sitting by the well. He proceeds to ask her to fetch him some water, but soon this conversation will cause her heart, eyes and mind to be opened up and experience worship like she has never known before. This man, who asks for water in the midst of their short conversation, soon pierces right through her heart; offers something she needs, but soon she will realize that the wooden bucket that brings water from the depth of Jacob’s well cannot carry the water that Jesus is offering. Actually, she has nothing to offer, nothing to contain this living water that is being proposed to her. She yearns for it; she even

The Construction Project

Exodus 32:1-4 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”   So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Moses, the appointed leader to the Israelites has been sequestered, isolated and insulated by the presence of God on the mountain of God's choosing.   God's intention to reveal his glory to Moses, to encourage and equip Moses, to instruct and prepare the people for the encounter ahead; a journey that would disp

Who is Speaking?

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2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!   Ever woke up in the middle of the night with a thought that would not let you sleep; how about while driving home. Perhaps you are in church or at the grocery store and the thought grips you. You are wondering; is it true? The better question is: Who is speaking? Is it the Advocate or the Accuser? One promotes life the other death. The one who pleads on my behalf; the one who intercedes and appeals for me is the Advocate! The one who points the finger and tries to humiliate me or sows dishonor to the person the Lord is shaping and molding daily into his image, that is the Accuser. Are you a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? Think you are shielded from such thoughts? Even worse; they come in floods and try to suppress our tongues from praising God. They try to steal the joy that God has given us. They bring confusion and shame. They speak, ridicule and be

It's June 4th

1 Thessalonians 5:18a NIV ....give thanks in all circumstances; Today, would have been one of the days that my mom celebrated her birthday. I say ONE because she had two birthdays. Huh? You see she was born on June 14th but an error occurred when documenting her birth date. The birth certificate read June 4th even though she was born on June 14th.   My sisters, my brother, my dad and I differed on when to celebrate her birthday. My mom, a very wise women, settled the matter quickly; she agreed with both parties...celebrate them both :) I share this today because as you know my mom is no longer here; she is in the presence of God where the festivities are even more grander! Sweet memories help us stay connected with those we love and have moved to higher & better things. A place where angels reside, gold is used as walking material; the glory of God shines and illuminates the entire place…. Grandiose& Magnificent! I praise the Lord, Most Excellent Go

God Has A Way of Working It Out

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Romans 9:21 (NIV) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? This is one of those verses that make me tremble and also stand in awe at the same time. For weeks now I have been thinking about the Sovereignty of God; why does God do things different that how I perceive them in my own head. Well for starters the Word of God says that I am the created of God and the he is the Creator. He is Holy and we chose disobedience in the Garden. But God…why do you do things that way ? God is not surprised by my questions; but I am definitely intrigued by his explanations or better said the outcome of situations that cause me to stand in awe and bow in reverence because there is something so deep; the riches of God’s glory that as an adult I still don’t fully understand. Why did he bring Jacob into the land of Canaan only to have him go to Egypt to survive; they had no food, why make them go to the

The Seven Last Words of Christ | Reflection (Full presentation)

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Seven Last Words of Christ The Witnesses from the Crowd (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @ the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013) Everyone remembers last words.  When a friend or a love one dies we often, replay, analyze, scrutinize and study ever phrase; at times even trying to gain comfort from those words; even as life evades those we love.  We are trying to receive something for ourselves; grab a hold of their love for us one more time.  If somehow we have captured their voice, we replay and listen to it over and over again; paying attention to every syllable. Every letter is treasured; oh and let their fragrance be detected in a room and joy springs up in our hearts. It’s no different on the day our Lord was crucified.  Emmanuel, God in the flesh; and what did we do?  We celebrated his coming into Jerusalem shouting hosanna, hosanna in the highest.  The crowd watched; stood by in awe, some in wonder and amazement, severa