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Exasperated?

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God's response to sin on the earth after much patience and opportunity for repentance was to end life on earth. Everything destroyed except for Noah, his family and some of his animal creation.  It’s a difficult thing to imagine. Sin does not happen overnight. A quick action can turn us from light to darkness in a flash of a moment. Imagine God had preserved you. What if God called you righteous and preserved you as everything around you died.   I don't believe Noah was just resting in the Ark. As the waters are coming down and rising all around him, I wonder what Noah was feeling? I'm sure the vibrations on the ark walls were frightening. Rain coming down and waters coming up. Debris, trees, animals, Noah’s friends, his neighbors, and enemies all in the midst of the turbulent waters. His eyes would witness this. Lifeless bodies surrounding the Ark. That which was once rooted now floating all around him. The same ears that heard the words Noah build an Ark are now flooded

King of kings and Lord of lords!

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The Book of Revelation, how fascinating!  I wish I can say that I fully understand it all, but I do not. But once again I have been reminded of God’s Love for me! The book opens up stating “blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Praise the Lord! At the end of the book a description of the Holy City is given. Read with me. “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles o

It's 12:01AM

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Wednesday night Bible study; we reach from today and cross over into Thursday.   You see our study begins at 11:30pm and ends at 12:15am.  I wanted to welcome the new day in his Word and reflect upon his goodness.  When I see the clock hit the midnight hour the words on my lips are, "great is his faithfulness, his mercies are new every morning."  It's my paraphrase to Lamentations 3:22-23. Now to bed at 1am.  Thursday seemed like an ordinary day.  The Lord woke me up at 9am.  I ran some errands with my dad and we met at IHOP for some lunch.  What I did not know was that shortly after my dad would finish eating his lunch his body would begin to lean to the right.  He quickly caught my attention and I called out his name. My dad did not respond.  Great is his faithfulness. I jumped out of my seat in the booth we were sitting in.  I'm trying to get my dad back into a sitting position but I lack the strength.  I yelled, "someone call 911!" I called out my dad

It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready?

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It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready? As the day unfolds and new adventures await, we lean on the Everlasting Arm of the Lord. What does he say about us? Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1) This is not just for the prophet but for us! It is a place of trust. A relationship with God who loves me and knows me. In the early morning before I awake, he is already thinking about me. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3). There are roads to discover and mountains to climb and overcome! Great is his faithfulness to me! Scripture says about Jesus, “Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mark 1)  I will do the same and I will meet with you! Abraham got up early in the morning to follow out the instructions of the Lord. ““Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of

The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away

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Brokenness and pain don't always make appointments. When I woke up this morning I did not know that my heart would be crushed.  Most of you know I love four beautiful cats.  Mercy, Grace, Savannah-Hope and Kya-Joy.   I thought Grace was being silly and sleeping in the middle of my bedroom hallway.  Sadly when I went to get her attention, she was lifeless. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord! To my knowledge she was not sick.  She was eating and drinking normally.  She was 9 years young. My prayer to the Lord has always been that when he chose to take their breaths away, that they would not suffer.  For that I am grateful to the Lord. My Lord will mend my heart. God bless you!~Liz

He is Here | Never Alone

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Early this year I contacted a friend and asked her if she wanted to study the Word of God together. During the Coronavirus quarantine the threat of isolation threatened our gathering. God is so amazing! As people became more and more isolated, God used technology to bring us back together. While the world was being divided and isolated God was doing something incredible with us. The Bible study moved from house to house to handheld devices and computers. I'm so thankful that we are never alone. Indeed, the Holy Spirit visited us every week as we opened up his Word together. There is so much to testify about. Indeed as we stood connected to the Vine the fruit was being produced. What have you done during your isolation? The Apostle John received a revelation from God while alone on the island of Patmos and wrote the Book of Revelation. Elijah in his encounter with fear flees to Horeb and hides himself. He wanted to die but the Angel of the Lord ministered to him and told him to

It's me Lord

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A video, an experiment on the streets. A lady standing in public blindfolded just embracing people. I could not contain my emotions as I sat at my desk crying. A diversity of people lining up just to embrace this young girl. You see the encounter was reciprocal. We need each other. We need to be loved, validated, and appreciated as a fellow human being beautifully created in the image of our God. ( https://www.facebook.com/laure.kypriotis/videos/10163204428480055/ ) I'm missing the human touch in our society today. This interruption has left my heart aching. I have heard the stories, children and young adults separated from their parents in hospitals. People dying without their loved ones holding their hand in their most delicate moments. Moms delivering babies alone without family. All this because of a virus. A deadly virus. This is not how it is supposed to be. “ God saw all that he had made, and it was very good .” (Genesis 1:31a) It kinda’ makes you think if w

Never Forgotten

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I don't often meditate on those that have gone to glory and are with the Lord.  It's not because I don't think about them, love them or miss them. I believe there is a security that I have that keeps me anchored knowing I will see them again. I tend to look forward. Yet tonight my heart was pulled in that direction. The path of memories. I miss them terribly. My mom would do anything in the world for me, her first born. My grandmother spoiled me and was very influential in my life as well. Women of distinction. They were not wealthy but on the contrary, we were poor. Money did not drive these women. It was LOVE! My grandmother was very resourceful. She was a seamstress and kept us all looking fashionable beautiful. My mom was creative and a skilled crocheter. Blankets, bed spreads, skirts for me and my dolls - she made them all! Hard working women! Life goes by so fast. It is true that the older we get the faster time seems to pass by. They have stamped

Take off the Grave Clothes

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What clothes you? Some of us can look back and remember what we were wrapped up in before he called us out. Lazarus was in a tomb DEAD until he heard the voice of Jesus. “Lazarus come out!” and he was unraveled. There is always stuff, the world’s worries and chaos that can bind us. We are living as dead men! John reminds us that Jesus is the Word made flesh! Yet our hearts remain hard. We are so busy living in the festivities that we have overlooked the miracle worker turning water to wine. Unbelief brings out the blind fold and we gladly secure it. The outcast responds and rivers like living water begin to flow. The invalid says, “I have no one to help me.” But, here stands the One who unravels, and he is healed! He has come to speak life and we take him as an ordinary man. Are you hungry? He is the Bread of Life. But, do not be satisfied with what nourishes the flesh. He unravels deeper! A rich inspection reveals our sin. We drop to our knees like the adul

REFRESHED!

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And so, the official countdown begins today if you live in New York state. We have been asked to stay at home, not to venture out into public arenas and congregate. We are a gregarious people.   Now what?  I’ve been home for almost three years since I went out on disability. Yet this scenario is very different. When I first went out on disability it was very difficult. My normal  routine was interrupted .  What have I learned that I can continue to apply today?  First of all, we are being told to REFRESH. That's the language I want to use today. My computer recently crashed. Not sure what caused it to stop working. I have three options. I can RESET the computer which means my files will be deleted. I can do a RESTORE which means I can go back to square one with nothing in my computer. Or I can do a REFRESH. In the middle of this Coronavirus I interpret “staying at home” as a REFRESH. Life as “usual” has changed but praise God we haven't lost everything! If y

I'm the 1%

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I'm about 2 days shy of a 5-month anniversary since I slipped off the church platform during worship and shattered my elbow. In my post, “ In Everything Give Thanks ” back in September, I asked you to pray for me. One surgeon quickly wanted to open my arm and try to put it back together.  I cried out to the Lord for wisdom and on the same day he sent me to another surgeon. So, it's been 5 months, I went from a hard cast to multiple bandages and slings. Many days and nights of prayer along with cold and hot packs on my arm and elbow. I kept reminding God that he knit me together in my mother's room and that he could put me back together. (Psalm 139) Most of you know that I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and my bones have been challenged almost my entire life. My doctor's visit today went very well. He said, “I don't think you need to continue to come for X-rays.” He looked at me and said,  "most people who come into my office with thi

Re-cycle

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Growing up in New York I never heard the words recycle. It wasn't a thing that we did.  When the cereal box was empty it went in the garbage. Once the can of Coke was empty it was flipped into the trash. I think the only thing that was reused were the glass bottles with milk or soda pop. The truck would come through the neighborhood and collect the bottles and then fill them and bring him back the next time he was in our neighborhood. Today just about everything is recycled. Our world is being weighed down with garbage. Everything is disposable for the sake of convenience. Whether it's cardboard, water bottles, or Coca Cola cans. Recycling is almost mandatory in some areas due to the overload of trash. Recycling – to use again. The Word of God. Do we re-cycle it? Have you passed it on? Preachers do it every week. TV programs can be watched over and over again. Even the disciples as we read in the book of Acts went around preaching this great news of God and thous

The Whip

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I remember being a little girl hanging out with my sisters in our bedroom. It was bedtime and my father had instructed us to go to sleep. Instead we were giggling making noise, just being silly kids. My father warned us several times to go to bed. We could have obeyed his authority but children as we were, we continued to laugh, giggle and make a ruckus out of bedtime. I come often to this memory because it showed me my dad's authority but also his mercy. My dad came into our bedroom clicked on the light and commanded that my two sisters and I get out of bed. He lined us up military style with the belt in his hand. We knew we were in trouble! My dad had never used the belt on us. Just one look was enough of a warning for me. But that night we challenged his authority.  It seemed like forever as we stood at attention waiting for the discipline to come. Suddenly, my dad with belt in his hand burst out laughing. I'm sure that was odd for us. After all laughter that

The Reveal

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I love watching Undercover Boss.  It's a program where the owner of a business or the a CEO of a corporation dinguses him/herself and interacts with its employees. When I read chapter one of the Book of John today this program came to mind. The employees of these businesses don't know that they are being observed and are interacting with their ultimate "boss." When then Undercover Boss program comes to an end, the boss reveals him/herself. The Apostle John records the unveiling of Jesus. Jesus is not disguising himself. He is not trying to find deficiencies in the world. He knows they already exist. He interacts with those made in his image and they do not recognize him.  They continue walking with scales in their eyes unable to see the Creator of the world among them. "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him." (John 1:10-11)

I'm No Puppet

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“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues  as the Spirit  enabled them.” (Acts 2:4) “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Driving down my neighborhood these last couple of weeks has been an interesting adventure. A lot of homes are beautifully decorated with lights shimmering in the darkness. What a beautiful picture of the light of Christ that lives in us. Subsequently, I’ve also seen homes that look like front yard graveyards. It seems that the owners of the homes periodically unplug the power of these plastic animations in their front yards leaving remnants of what was. I must admit this is not a great curb appeal! These plastic animations are at the mercy of oncoming storms and winds. When it is perceived that the weather is changing the owners unplug their puppets because they are unable to withst