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Touch Wood

Touch wood. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring? So much wonder. In such simplicity and complexity. In a Japanese cell phone commercial.

Geek.com describes it like this: “We promise you’ve never heard Bach’s Cantata 147, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” quite like this. It’s rare to see an advertisement so artfully and skillfully done, but Sharp’s Touch Wood SH-08C cellphone commercial is truly stunning.

In a Rube Goldberg-esque creation, Morihiro Harano, the award-winning creative director of Drill Inc., came up with the idea of having a wooden ball roll down through a homemade marimba/xylophone in the middle of a peaceful woodland scene in Kyushu, Japan. Kenjiro Matsuo actually created the instrument.”

When you have 3 minutes. Take a look.

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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Mart I have no idea why you have shared this commercial with us other than its being a masterpiece of engineering and your desire to share such a neat piece of work with us.

    But I did watch it and find it quite unique and yes a continued art form of Rube Goldberg.

    Thanks for the smile.

    Steve

  2. bullwinkle says:

    An incredible feat of engineering and genius. God has gifted mankind with so many talents, yet the more we think we know, the less we believe that we need God.

  3. SFDBWV says:

    For me sometimes Mart’s subject and comments are something of a riddle of their own and the puzzle solver in me begins to be analytical as I ponder (think) about the matter.
    As for this new posting of Mart’s I am reminded of two things. The first being that old adage, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it does it make a noise?”

    The other being a quote from 1 Corinthians 13:1 KJV “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not *love*, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”

    The heart of the matter being the course of commentary that always follows his subjects.

    40 degrees and drizzle.

    Steve

  4. poohpity says:

    Wow, that is just beautiful and unique! Even more inspiring is the song it plays by Bach. God created us in His image and that image is one of extra ordinary gifts of imagination and creativity.

    Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

    Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
    Holy wisdom, love most bright
    Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
    Soar to uncreated light
    Word of God, our flesh that fashioned
    With the fire of life impassioned
    Striving still to truth unknown
    Soaring, dying round Thy throne

  5. poohpity says:

    Steve, maybe Mart wanted to confuse you again and that is also why he put that picture which really confounded you into seeing other things than what is actually there. Remember you thought you saw serpents in that picture, well maybe there is something demonic in this video as well if you look close enough because it is after all Mart’s primary reasons for posting things is to trick and confuse you.

    Mart you need to stop being so devious.

    Reminds me of what Solomon said, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” KJV

  6. poohpity says:

    Today on “Discover The Word” they taught what a person sees depends on who they are.

  7. Mart DeHaan says:

    Seems to me that there is something mystical in the music of Jesus rising from the gift of human ingenuity and imagination— within the greater wonder of creation, a tree, the touch of wood, and what it means to find life before, in, and after death.

  8. Beloved says:

    Thanks mart for adding to the conversation. Mystical indeed! The cross, the sweet yet tortured music that arose for endless time. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.

  9. phpatato says:

    I have this song, sung by Josh Groban, downloaded to the music folder on my computer. By the end of listening to it, it is a rare time that I don’t have tears welling up.

    Thank you Mart for another version of this song. Listening to it this time wasn’t one of those rare times. I welled up again, in part by the sheer mastery of how this was performed.

    I agree with Beloved…thanks for adding to the conversation. I am hoping something unpleasant was nipped in the bud.

  10. SFDBWV says:

    Glenna and I have been enjoying a revelation of mine with a smile and a laugh, I will explain.

    Matt and I listen to a lot of country music in the morning on TV, though it has lessened over the past few months. What I have noticed is that I don’t particularly care for the “new” country music.

    For me the truth is it isn’t country music at all, it is something else and I don’t really like it. However the worst of what I don’t like seems to get played over and over again and again, which makes my dislike for it even more intense.

    Then one morning it came to me, the problem isn’t the music, the problem is me.

    They play what people want and play more often what is requested, the problem is that I just don’t fit in with what is accepted by the masses. I don’t belong anymore the world is passing me by.

    I set here at the computer every morning and listen to music of my choice. Every song and melody touches some memory and emotion, but nearly every song or melody is old.

    Similar to our friend Viv I can momentarily escape from the pressures that surround me through music, but it is only momentarily.

    Every good thing that comes from man’s gifted imagination sooner or later is corrupted but the evil of human nature.

    However even if just for a moment I can live in that euphoric radiance that music can bring that makes dealing with life a little easier.

    Steve

  11. SFDBWV says:

    And yes I still see the face of a snake in the picture.

    Steve

  12. street says:

    Seems to me that there is something mystical in the music of Jesus rising from the gift of human ingenuity and imagination— within the greater wonder of creation, a tree, the touch of wood, and what it means to find life before, in, and after death.

    8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going;

  13. jeff1 says:

    Loved the commercial, its good to be reminded of the creativity and beauty in the world and amazing what people can do when they work together in creating what benefits others.

  14. street says:

    for the touch of the impossible!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18P22jYZVBw

  15. Beloved says:

    Almost epic!

  16. SFDBWV says:

    In my youth and before the season I am in now I enjoyed the solitude and “music” of nature in my times with God.

    When troubles came or sometimes just for direction I would go to the highest point on the hills above me and commune with God.

    I found that there is always “His” music around us if we are quiet and patient enough to hear it.

    Today there is a great deal of noise around all the time and the solitude of silence is drowned out by the drumming noise. It is harder to hear God’s music and even harder to hear God.

    Funny though even in those earlier days once God spoke into me I went back down the mountain to where He wanted me to be, just as now when I seek solitude where I can find it He sends me back into the house where He wants me to be.

    Turns out some of the noise is also the music and voice of God as well.

    Praying all are blessed today and hear His music and voice.

    Steve

  17. poohpity says:

    God has gifted so many with music to sing His praises and create songs that share what He has done in their lives, about His character and His great love. It started soon after creation and as is prophesied will continue in heaven for all time. Gen 4:21 NLT; Rev 15:3 NLT

    Now a days one can listen to joyous music that sing’s praises to God whenever and wherever they want. Pretty soon those songs fill your heart so even when the music is turned off the songs come to mind. Hearing songs about God come in about every genre there is but the thing they all have in common is worshiping and praising God. What better thing to fill one’s mind with than music about God then the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

  18. foreverblessed says:

    Such wonder!
    Jesus died to give us newness of life.
    Everything that has gone wrong can be made right through the Cross.
    Such wonder.
    We died with Christ, and yet: we now live in Christ!
    Such wonder.

    It sounds like a fairy tale, too good to be true.
    But it is the Truth

  19. poohpity says:

    Our communing with God can be done right within the privacy of our homes what better way to start the day than filling our minds with reminders of the presence of God, His omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence. Without those daily reminders one tends to leave God out of their lives and pays no attention to seeing how His hand is working so therefore praises are very minimal if at all. Phil 4:4

  20. street says:

    thinking about the sheep pen. i always wondered why we wander and find ourselves up to our necks in real trouble. we know why we wander. it seems there is a gate too! a Shepard that really cares for us and will come after us. it seems too me when we went out, lost, we had lost sight and sound of the Shepard of our soul. we found ourselves in a foreign temple/sheep pen. we were afraid of the Shepard and became unfamiliar with Him. after His death our perception of who we were following became apparent. we did not come to this on our own. His Father graciously drew us to this True Shepard. beginning to understand that our comings and goings need not be the same hit or miss. i use to think that coming and going was problematic. why do i have to leave the Shepard’s presents? why can’t i just stay? then i realize the Shepard is trying to lead us. i was not keeping up with Him nor was i keeping my eye on him. God said if my eye is single i would be full of light and not darkness. paul met many dark times. but i understand the light was in him not the world. Father strengthen the bars of the gate to my heart. conform them to the image of your Son, your only Son.

  21. jeff1 says:

    The heavens sing a somber hymn
    Of greatness dark and deep,
    Of endless realms of time and space,
    Of mysteries they keep.
    But all that is and yet shall be
    And all that mind can know
    Are only whispers of a God
    Far greater than the whole.

    Yet all the fullness of this God
    And all that He has done
    Now shine in all their majesty
    In Jesus Christ His Son.
    This boundless God is flesh and blood,
    And we have seen His face –
    The glory of our Living Lord,
    The fountain of His grace.

    The fullness of our Father God
    Resplendent in the Son
    Reveals the holy majesty
    Of all we will become.
    His Spirit glows within our hearts,
    A glimpse of what will be:
    His glory blazing out through us
    For all eternity.

  22. Beloved says:

    Isaiah45

  23. SFDBWV says:

    Recovering today from an emergency molar extraction yesterday afternoon. My friend Dr. Kines was good enough to see me on his day off.

    I am still very sore but not as sore as last evening after all the numbing medication wore off.

    Don (Doctor Kines) has a very interesting passion and more than a hobby. He grafts Chestnut trees, apple trees, pear trees and whatever else he gets interested into trying to either preserve or make better.

    He has a web site (Mountainstatechestnuts.com) but if you click on to “Grafting Chestnut Trees at Mountain State Chestnuts – You Tube” you can watch and listen as Don shows how to graft chestnuts.

    I am sharing this because of the title to our subject “Touch Wood”. I have learned over the course of my life that working with wood is a very satisfying venture, whether work or hobby. There is just something unique about working with wood.

    Seems apt to me that Jesus was a carpenter.

    Wood has a warm feel to it, it molds to how we shape it and conforms to how we use it, but it also needs cared for.

    Don takes it to another level in trying to breed out the blight that decimated the American chestnut and bring it back in a blight resistant form.

    How proper that he uses his talent as a healer to aid in healing trees so that we can all at some time, touch wood.

    Blessing to all today.

    Steve

  24. poohpity says:

    Yes those who find no majestic pleasure in music will do everything in their power to direct people away from it, just as those who do not love the Lord will do everything in their power to direct people away from Him. BUT those who love both will do everything in their power to direct people to the source of all things.

    Notice that the first two instruments were create from wood. It is so awe inspiring that God has given us everything we need to live and to praise Him being the source even of mankind it’s self to live in a vital union with Him. Isn’t it amazing that that same God does everything in His power so that we will have a relationship with Him? He pursues us. Think of that the Creator wants us to walk and talk with Him always and in all ways, now that is something so miraculous that it does not seem to be even real but it is.

  25. poohpity says:

    Think of it God even gave the ingenuity or skills needed to make beautiful things!

  26. poohpity says:

    Exodus 31:3, 35:31, 35

  27. phpatato says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery Steve!

    xo

  28. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you Pat, I told Matt this morning that the side of my face feels like “Rocky’s” looked after getting beat up by Apollo Creed.

    We shared a good laugh.

    Yes pooh we are made in the image of God and like Him we can create. I often tell people that God spoke everything into existence and like Him we can also create by what we say, so we need to be mindful of just that. the things we say.

    Steve

  29. poohpity says:

    Yes, Steve, we need to be very mindful of what we say. Words praise the Lord or curse those made in His image by false accusations, name calling and lies. They can either build up or tear down and our tongues are harder to tame than even the hardest of animals and cause more damage than a fire. That does not mean however not to confront false teaching or those who lead others away from the Lord, those are also wise ways to use our words. But we are not like God having the ability to speak things into existence that is only an ability of a powerful God.

  30. bratimus says:

    My first thoughts on the commercial was. Forest was beautiful.

    Did it actually work and/or how many takes did it take. What i see on screens, might not be how it really is.

    The forest was beautiful.

    The Brat

  31. bubbles says:

    I’ve seen this commercial before and watched it many times. Amazing engineering! Imagine the many hours invested for precision to occur.

    I loved how everything was wood, and as Steve noted, wood has a warmth to it. I suppose this is so because it once had life in it. Perhaps the carbon of the wood has something we can sense in a way.

    There is something healing about going to the woods and being amongst the trees, moss, rocks, and whatever else is there. There’s a place nearby with enormous boulders on the edge of a gorge. Those rocks speak to the greatness of God. They make me feel small and remind me how “big” God is and how small I am.

    Early morning birdsongs in the cold and quiet make me long for Heaven. All of nature speaks of the goodness and greatness of our Father. Thankful He loves me in spite of my failures. Thankful He loves me unconditionally because it’s His nature. Thankful for His mercy that never ends and is new every morning.

    Please pray for me. Thank you.

    Steve, I hope you heal quickly and feel better soon. I’m sorry for your tooth problem.

  32. poohpity says:

    Hey brat!

    My hunch is that this was not the first time this was set up. To get the logistics right they probably set this up somewhere else until they got it down to perfection then set it up in the forest. At a place they scouted out before to see if the length and area would suit the project. Everything takes some thought and planning before a final product is reached. However it does take ingenuity and imagination to even think up something like that in the first place. There are people out there with brains after all, right?

  33. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 7, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Everything takes some thought and planning before a final product is reached.

    Christ crucified
    Christ risen
    Christ will come again

    When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    Refrain:
    Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

    Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.

    Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.

    But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.

    Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

  34. poohpity says:

    That song always reminds me of training an animal to trust and obey. I have often struggled with the obedience part because if we were able to obey then there would have been no need for Jesus. Not one of my favorite songs since I first heard it. It lays so much emphasis on us and not what the Lord accomplishes in one’s life. Obedience training seems to leave out the love and passion one experiences in a relationship with the Lord or anyone else for that matter. A way to be happy in Jesus is to believe and keep your eyes on Him, if it is to be obedience look how often one fails and that seems very legalistic. But that is just me.

    That song seems to say that we earn favor, joy, His companionship, blessings, etc. by obedience not from His gift to us. If we were able to be obedient where does mercy fit in and who is actually able to fully do that?

  35. poohpity says:

    But I do believe a lot of thought and planning took place by God for;

    Christ crucified
    Christ risen
    Christ will come again

  36. Beloved says:

    john 3:36

    36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

  37. Beloved says:

    Touch wood?

    “and he who does not believe [rejects] the Son” Unbelief in the Son has an implication—that person will never possess eternal life. It is important to see the literal meaning of “does not believe”; the Greek word for this phrase means to disobey or reject the Son.“Not believe” is not the usual word for believing in the gospel of John. The idea here is to “obey not.” This word carries the idea of refusal to submit, to revolt against the message.”

    A sightseeing person may even reach out and try to touch the cross (if it were still standing) and even believe, but seeing and succumbing to the LORDSHIP of Christ in a life means I will obey by not sinning, even though I fail often, because sin is antithetical to the meaning and message of the cross. I am doomed by the Law to death.

  38. Beloved says:

    Dead to Sin, Alive to God
    6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

  39. Beloved says:

    Romans

  40. Beloved says:

    How do we “walk in the newness of life”? Is it by our opinion, or by what can be seen, the changes from sinner to saint? That’s obedience to Christ. The visible changes only made possible because of Christ. We desire not to sin, though like Paul we still do. Even Christians were wary of Paul’s conversion until they saw a difference in his behavior. Thinking we will always have free will, to choose good or choose evil. That doesn’t change. Someone said wood is warm, yes! Growth only occurs where there is life, the life of Christ, not ours.

  41. poohpity says:

    It would seem that the one’s who created that marvelous instrument, placed it in the woods(God’s creation) and the song it played brought honor to God.

    Amazing love, how can it be?
    that you, my king. would die for me
    Amazing love, I know its true
    its my joy to honor you
    Amazing love how can it be?
    that my king would die for me
    Amazing love I know its true
    its my joy to honor you
    in all I do
    I honor you

  42. Beloved says:

    Ephesians 2:8 the “gift” of God is the ‘way’ of salvation.

  43. Beloved says:

    its my joy to honor you
    in all I do
    I honor you

    Obedience!

  44. poohpity says:

    Wood after it is taken from the source is cold not to say it is warm while still attached to the roots and apart from the life roots is just a dead thing. Everything that is living has to be connected to it’s life blood/source and since God is the source of all living things we must stay connected to Him and Jesus made that possible.

    Trust and obey are we then trusting ourselves not God by obedience. We trust in Christ’s obedience to the Father that is where our righteousness lies. Romans 5:19

  45. poohpity says:

    Honoring God is not obedience it is realization of who God is and that He deserves of our honor.

  46. Beloved says:

    Even the demons honor God for who He is. What makes our behavior different, as followers?

  47. Beloved says:

    Are you a demon, pooh?

  48. Beloved says:

    I do wonder sometimes with what you write here.

  49. Beloved says:

    Acts 1616 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days.

  50. Beloved says:

    But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

  51. Beloved says:

    1 John 2:4 ESV
    Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

  52. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 8, 2019 at 7:35 am

    That song seems to say that we earn favour, joy, His companionship, blessings, etc. by obedience not from His gift to us.

    God gives us the gift of Salvation but it is obedience that opens my heart and mind to Him.

    If I believe in God then I want to please Him and so it takes effort on my part to turn away from evil.

    That creates the struggle in me to do what is right and it is turning to God for strength to abide in Him rather than to give into temptation.

    It’s a journey of successes and failures.

    I still think it is more about what God accomplishes with the emphasis on our security in Christ Jesus.

  53. poohpity says:

    Joyce, just have no self control do you when it comes to personal attacks, so who is it that you are actually listening to?

    Viv, What are the commands of Jesus? Let me list a few; spread the Gospel, show mercy, do what is right, walk humbly with the Lord and do the good works we were saved to do. We do those because Jesus just comes pouring out of the lives of those who are filled with Him, not to please or appease the Lord but because our lives were open to Him living through us. It is just part of our being after we have given our lives to Him. So yes it is about what God accomplishes in us then he gets the glory. If we think it is about our obedience it is us who wants the glory and most often takes the praise of people and boasting in themselves about how spirit filled they think they are and good.

    Isn’t it odd that people believe and trust those who come in their own name and blow their own trumpet but those who are actually doing the will of the Lord are rejected and hated? Jesus said, John 5:43-44, 12:43; Jude 1:25

  54. Beloved says:

    Lol!

  55. Beloved says:

    John 8:11English Standard Version
    She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.

    Pretty straightforward command. How does she know what her sin’s are, you may ask? The Law!

  56. jeff1 says:

    My part is to turn to Jesus to give me the strength to resist evil, Pooh, and I’m not looking to boast or receive glory just focusing on Him who frees me from the desire in me to think or do wrong doing.

    Praising and listening to hymns and gospel music is my way of staying close to God and it works for me and having been led by Satan for a big part of my life there is much freedom and joy in knowing that God does not forsake me when I seek Him.

    I do not put my trust in people because I was brought up in a religious country and it took an nonreligious Englishman to make me see how blind I was to our sins and so I am very aware that Satan still prowls this earth only now I know where to take refuge.

    I have not found religious people to be boastful or looking for glory for themselves but there is still widespread ignorance of God among believers and a lot of superstition that my dad taught me was wrong.

    I remind myself there is a fine line between playing God and listening to Him and its when I cross it that I loose sight of God and Satan hasn’t gone away from where I am standing anyway.

  57. bubbles says:

    One amazing thing about that xylophone is the angle of the little steps the ball rolls down. The angle would affect speed of the notes, so the angles all the way down would need to be adjusted and also the step lengths for longer notes and shorter steps for shorter notes. Amazing.

    How God uses things to come together for good in our lives in intricate and many ways we may not understand here on earth.

  58. poohpity says:

    Joyce, her sin was she was caught in the act of adultery yet Jesus did not call her names or accuse or condemn her as you do to me even if I am not sinning.

    Viv, I think you took what I said as applied to you in some way and it was not at all. Sorry you may have taken it that way but it was no where near the intention in any way. I was just saying that the song Trust and Obey may not be the best or teach what is really right about what makes Jesus happy or pleased with us. I really do not know how to explain it right so you can understand what I was saying.

  59. Beloved says:

    Clever, but false.

  60. Beloved says:

    Shaking my head and rolling my eyes.

  61. poohpity says:

    What one sees or reads and takes away from it depends on who they are!

    Joyce it is not me who has the problem telling the truth! One does not need to be clever where truth is concerned but I understand you may not realize that.

  62. street says:

    i wonder if touching wood is more like emptying oneself and taking up the cross. we know these bodies can not survive in the presents of God. to be replaced by incorruptible ones. new creation is spoken of in the New Testament. a creation that will never die. i don’t get a warm feeling when around a cross of wood or about leaving this body, but something to look forward too, for then i will be ushered into His presents, finally. a moment of great hope ending. been think much about david’s return after civil war. i find it interesting the division, north and south, is like two son who were asked to work the his fields. david would not return unless asked to be their king. rule by consent. thinking we need a right spirit too. made possible by Jesus.

  63. Beloved says:

    Yawn…

  64. Beloved says:

    Street i did not see your post…

  65. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Beloved, let it go. Mart allows this, so nothing you can do, just pray!
    Prayer,
    One-ness with Jesus.
    Jesus loves me, that is a great Truth!
    Wonder- Truth
    He loves me
    He took up my sins and carried them on the Cross!
    He loves me! His resurrection life He gives to me, if I believe in Him, faith is the life-line that attaches me to Him.

  66. foreverblessed says:

    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

    Hebrews 1:3
    Verse of the day, Bible gateway.
    Jesus was resurrected, His resurrection was the start of Christianity! It was on the basis that the discuss saw that Jesus was no longer dead, but Alive

    Death could not hold Him

    Just for a side note, my eyes fell on this Bible verse:
    Afterwards Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while walking in the country
    Mark 16:12

    It is not the form that counts, but the fact Who He is.
    And the fact that Jesus appears to us.
    My utmost talks about this today:
    The christian that has “seen” Jesus, is forever changed,
    And may also cause division to the ones that have seen Him in Spirit, and to others who have not (yet)

    Like when you see a deeper truth to a command, and others don’t.
    Then they say to you: Wrong teaching!

    In my case it is the command of the Sabbath.
    I now live in the Sabbath, I am never out of it, unless I do things on my own in my own power.
    But as I was telling last week, my church house group leader thinks I am bringing wrong teaching. And I have to be stopped, my mouth must be shut!

    The mark of a Christian is Jesus!
    The wonder of His Salvation
    The miracle working of the Cross
    Healing us
    Cleansing us
    Making us new.

    But I have to focus my eyes on Jesus, He will help me, but Jesus wants me involved with a positive action on my side. His will that I agree with, totally and joyfully. And then His will becomes my will. And He reveals some more truth to me.
    Faith obedience more faith more obedience

    And so our spiritual house is built, brick and mortar, faith and obedience

    That is meant with “obedience”
    ( This last e will not go away, sorry)
    e

  67. foreverblessed says:

    And by the way: I do not feel “proud” that I see the deeper meaning of the Sabbath. It is by the grace of God, that He has revealed that to me. Me, judging others at my time in fundamentalism. I can say now: God has been merciful to me while judging other Christians wrongly. God will be merciful.to other Christians who judge me wrongly.
    God forgave me for I did not know what I was doing.

    And Steve, thank you for telling about you and the music, ” the problem was me” that was good!

    This piece of music from Bach is performed in a lovely.way.
    In nature, with a dear, birds, it looks like a fairy tale, snow-white in the woods, with animals conversing with her.
    God’s story looks too good to be true, but it is true.
    O wonder work of Jesus!

  68. SFDBWV says:

    Bubbles is so right, this wooden xylophone is a marvel of engineering.

    As you rightfully stated each wooden plank had to be engineered specific to that one desired tone.

    A specific wood, a specific length and width and thickness.

    The necessary speed of the striker (ball) as well as its own type of wood, dimensions and density.

    The speed at which it travels.

    And of course the combined structure and length necessary to accomplish the “song”.

    It almost sounds as if it were our lives, designed and engineered to accomplish our purpose.

    Steve

  69. SFDBWV says:

    Foreverblessed I want to share something I learned long ago as a young growing Christian.

    I am purposely not being specific as I don’t want to rattle anyone’s cages and create un-necessary unpleasantness.

    In an adult “Sunday school setting” something in the lesson did not settle well with me. So I began a study of the matter by reading through the Bible concerning the issue and writing down Scripture verse after Scripture verse.

    My desire was to conclude the matter within myself and so then present proof to the people who disagreed with me.

    However somewhere in the course of study and after several pages of notes, verses, and evidence to support me. I realized I didn’t need to prove anything to anyone except myself.

    The lesson was for me to learn.

    God was dealing with me, not the others. Their time would come, it was not for me to convince them, that is the work of the Holy Spirit.

    So it is ok when others don’t see what you do. God wants you to see what He wants you to know. Our relationship with God is very personal and the evidence of that relationship is how we live.

    As Viv might say in song, “Trust and obey, there’s no other way.”

    I hope in some small way I hope I have encouraged and comforted you as that was my goal.

    Blessing for you and all here.

    Steve

  70. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you very much Steve!
    Thanks a lot!

  71. jeff1 says:

    Steve, you have encouraged and comforted me in what you have shared with Forever as I have often felt that God was putting my mind at ease by revealing truths to me that others did not see.

    I am very much of the belief that God works differently in each of us because our needs are different and its God who sees our need and works accordingly.

    I may be seeking comfort while another is seeking answers because we are all on different journey’s with Jesus as navigator.

    The work of the Holy Spirit is active in our lives and God’s work which relates to us personally and God’s way of connecting and directing His children to Himself.

    Telephone to glory oh what joy devine
    I can feel the current moving down the line
    Made by God the Father for his very own
    You can talk to Jesus on this Royal Telephone

    Central’s never busy always on the line
    You can hear from heaven almost anytime
    It’s a royal service built for one and all
    When you get in trouble give this Royal line a call

    Telephone to glory oh what joy devine
    I can feel the current moving down the line
    Made by God the Father for his very own
    You can talk to Jesus on this Royal Telephone

    If your line is grounded and connections too
    Have a talk with Jesus He’ll tell you what to do
    Prayer and faith and promise mends a broken wand
    Then your Soul is burning with a Pentecostal fire

    Telephone to glory all the Georgia vine
    I can feel the current moving down the line
    Made by God the Father for his very own
    You can talk to Jesus on the Royal Telephone

    There will be no charges telephone is free
    It is good for Service just you and me
    There will be no waiting on this Royal line
    Telephone to glory always answered just in time

    Telephone to Glory oh what joy devine
    I can feel the current moving down the line
    Made by God the Father for His very own
    You can talk to Jesus on the Royal Telephone

    Oh you can talk to Jesus on the Royal Telephone

  72. bullwinkle says:

    Proverbs 18:1-2 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
    and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

    2
    Fools find no pleasure in understanding
    but delight in airing their own opinions.

    I believe I have posted this previously. I see that the never-ending battle is back. Not sure why anyone would question another simply because they thought that it was honoring God to trust in him and obey his commands. (And yes, I understand that none of us does it perfectly)

    Guess I am just being foolish.

  73. poohpity says:

    I was thinking that the people that chose to use that as a commercial to sell a phone ever considered the thought that they were actually spreading the Good News about Jesus Christ in a unique way to thousands of people. Luke 19:40

  74. poohpity says:

    The thing is bullwinkle no one was questioning another about trusting God and obeying His commands. It was about paying closer attention to the words of a song not just singing something mindlessly.

  75. poohpity says:

    The song says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” but isn’t there other ways to be happy in Jesus. How about when one realizes that God took on human form to take the penalty for our sins and gave us a new life in Him? Isn’t that another way? Or that He pursues us with a love that is not comprehensible and unearned mercy? That is what made me happy in Jesus before I even knew His commands to obey or trusted Him with anything else in my life?

  76. foreverblessed says:

    Steve, thank you for your support!
    There is another thought Steve, and the problem is this one:
    As I have stated what I believe in the housegroup, that was years ago, there are some who have judged that as a problem, and that is the problem I have at home here: my housegroup leader thinking that I must be freed from a religious spirit, and that when I am freed from that spirit I will keep the Sunday holy. As obedience to the sabbath command. Jesus is our Sabbath rest, but I have to keep a literal day holy as well.
    Last week she was very clear in front of everybody that she thought I had a demon, that was beguiling me, and that I had to be checked always, because what I say is not biblical at all. So because I have shared what I believe, I am considered unbiblical. For years I have felt a distrust towards me in the housegroup. I went to my pastor about it, and he said:
    That’s why Jesus said: Love each other, despite the differences. So that is what I did, all these years. But whatever I said in the housegroup, I was met with distrust, negative comments, seeking for the wrong inclination of what I was trying to say.
    Not first seeking for the connection, but seeking for the “false teaching”.
    Endless…
    When she finally was very clear what she thought about me, last week. I was feeling relieved! That is amazing, that has nothing to do with me, but God giving me grace. Now it was clear to me, why there was such “quarelling” all the time.
    No matter what I would say or do, I first had to keep one day a week holy, and then I would prove that I was freed from that spirit of false teaching.

    SO it is not a matter of me letting go, it is a matter of others not letting go of me.
    Not respecting the freedom of the Spirit.
    So I put the qustion to God: What do You want me to do?
    If His answer is: Go ther anyway and be a Light, I would go.
    But GOd doesn’t say that to me.
    Loving others does not mean that I have to go to a housegroup who onsider me a false teacher. I am free to leave that housegroup, and bless them with the blessing only God can give. And leave in peace. The peace of Christ that He gives in our heart.

    I know that Mart does not want the quarrelling, he always says: Seek for that what we agree upon!
    And he now posts about the Wonder of Jesus, the Wonder of the Cross.
    We can all agree on that.
    That we are set free because of Jesus, no work on our side is needed.
    But when we are disciples, we are not free to do what we want, we are to be disciplined, that is the obedience we have, in following Jesus.
    If Jesus says not to judge, we are not to judge.
    If we hold on to our judging the heart of another, then we disobey the Living Word.
    I can judge about action someone takes, but I cannot judge about the deepest motive of their hearts.
    I can only say:
    “Lord forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
    “As You have forgiven me, when I did not know what I was doing”

    It is often that we think: Oh Lord, how long does it take till we are like You? I fail so much!
    But deep iside of us, Jesus is working, as long as I look to Him, in faith. ANd now when this lady said this over me: I was not hurt at all, I was feeling freed! And then I thought: This now is amazing grace! Jesus has changed my heart on this point:
    Of not getting upset, when someone has these hard judgments on you!
    That getting upset is a hard thing, everytime your mind goes again to this wrong thinking of someone else, And everytime I had to redirect my thoughts to Jesus: Yet You Lord, You are Wonderful, You are loving, You are gracious. But the next second my thoughts would be on that strange thinking of another. again.
    Oh what a struggle that is.
    BUt tellign my soul to look to Jesus again and again that is the way of Life!
    Praise God,
    I do not feel proud about it, I see clearly that it is Jesus who did this work of letting go, in me.
    God bless all of you!
    Having our eyes fixed on Jesus!
    It works, even after years!
    Just hold on.

  77. jeff1 says:

    For myself I have struggled much more at the obedience than I have the trust but that doesn’t change that I believe God wants my obedience because it is what draws me to Him.

    It was my dad who was much better at the obedience and I seen from his example a man who knew God much better than those who proclaimed to know Him and why I believe obedience is key to knowing God and not knowledge of scripture.

    Having as a child been subjected to all kinds of religious beliefs I did not find anyone who knew God as my dad did and discipline was his greatest strength and I put that down to his Christian family upbringing, a career in Her Majesty’s Forces and Government service as a Civil Servant where he learned to serve others and so putting himself last came naturally to him and that speaks of sacrifice to me.

    He believed that following Jesus required sacrifice and he did not expect another to do what he didn’t expect of himself because he didn’t have double standards and so he lived as he believed was right in God’s sight and isn’t what we all try to do only some just do it better than others and only God knows why.

  78. poohpity says:

    Did that happen years ago or last week? I am confused. Is there part of the story we are missing yes the other side of it? When one shares a story we are getting only their side but there is after all another side to get the full picture. (Proverbs 16:2, 18:17, 21:2) That is why the police or anyone searching for truth get many sides of what people see has happened before they come to a conclusion by fitting all the pieces together about what really happened but only God can see the motivation/heart behind everything we do. Then God will open our own eyes about the condition of our own hearts so we can embrace the length, breadth, depth, width of the grace we have been shown.

  79. Beloved says:

    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  80. Beloved says:

    Dear Forever I hope you don’t mind. I learned that it’s better to keep my spiritual lessons learned between God and me. People will always judge by their own understanding, not saying “judge” in a bad way but as we all judge all things, ie ‘this coat looks bad on me’, or ‘I love rainy weather’. The prophets of old judged as they were led by God to warn His people of the dangers of falling away from His commands. Good advice you gave to let things go! Pick the battles for righteousness and God is with us all the way. As street commented yesterday “thinking we need a right spirit too. made possible by Jesus.” All day my prayer was LORD change me! Not pooh but me, change me!

  81. Beloved says:

    Truth in reality dot com has an interesting article on religious spirits.

  82. jeff1 says:

    C. S. Lewis said, of prayer, “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”

  83. jeff1 says:

    Forever, your post is very encouraging as I often find perseverance difficult when I am struggling. Thank you for sharing.

  84. Beloved says:

    Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring! With God all things are possible.

    I needed this reminder today:

    “The believer who is under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit will look at the big picture instead of the narrow focus of how he has been offended. He will look up to the greatness of his heavenly Father, who, although He has been offended infinitely more by sinful men, allows the warming rays of the sun to shine on them and the refreshing rains to fall on them in kindness. His heart will be overwhelmed by the realization that God has not responded to him in kind, that for all of his sin, disrespect, and rebellion, God has responded to him in kindness. In Titus 3:3–5, we read:

    For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.

    When a Christian faces harsh, unkind, or unfair treatment from others, the manner of his response can bring great glory to God. When the temptation to respond in kind is resisted, the door is opened for an opportunity to see God at work. When prayer is offered for persecutors and blessing is given in response to cursing, God’s Spirit is at work, and the grace of God that enables a believer to deny himself and not to respond in kind is put on display. ”

    Rev. Roland Barnes is senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Statesboro, Ga

  85. SFDBWV says:

    Foreverblessed I would prefer to respond to your comment in the morning when my head is clearer and I have more time and a few less distractions, but I also want to thank you for your openness and trust. And I did not want to wait until morning to tell you that.

    You have a beautiful spirit and anyone with any ability to discern should be able to “see” it. I can see it here thousands of miles apart and through the engineering of electrical communications.

    Intelligence is not missing in Christians as some non-Christian thinkers might believe or have others believe, and intelligence is another gift you possess.

    Whereas there are demon spirits and they do torment people just as reported in Scripture with regards to King Saul, they can never succeed against Christ and you Foreverblessed have Christ in partnership with your own spirit.

    They might try, but they can’t win.

    Every Protestant denomination has its own list of beliefs, and in order to join such denomination a person has to accept, agree, and adopt their list in order to be accepted into the group.

    The Bible as I have understood it only asks for us to accept Jesus of Nazareth as Lord, the Son of God and His sacrifice of the cross in order to receive the gift of salvation.

    Everything else in a group’s tenet is additional and unnecessary for salvation and acceptance into the Body of Christ.

    We are urged and actually seek out fellowship with others in our Christianity. The problem is always going to be those who insist that we “must” see everything as they do.

    Do we leave or stay when confronted with such restrictions? The answer may actually be found in the definitions of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), with a connection to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 as well as Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

    In my kitchen on the wall is the reminder of Proverbs 3:5-6 whereby the Lord will give us direction we just have to listen and obey.

    Thanks for letting me have my say, I hope it can help you some.

    Steve

  86. jeff1 says:

    Thank you, Beloved, it is when I remind myself of God’s goodness that I don’t get distracted by this world and I find praise, prayer keeps me looking upwards to God and thankful for what I do have rather than worrying about the cares of this world which can overwhelm me when I take my eyes of Him who has overcome it.

  87. Beloved says:

    Me also, Viv!

  88. jeff1 says:

    God of peace, above all conflict,
    High and sovereign Lord alone,
    All complete in Your well-being,
    Robed in splendor still unknown,
    Yet You came into our conflict,
    Bearing all our sin could bring,
    All our anger and injustice,
    Death with all its bitter sting.

    Wrapped in peace with God Your Father,
    You were more than flesh could be,
    Perfect weakness, perfect power,
    Perfect love and purity.
    What a Gift to helpless sinners!
    What a word You shout abroad!
    You are peace, complete, forever,
    Peace within and peace with God.

    Peace will fill the earth and heavens,
    Peace You bought with such a price,
    Bought with love and rich forgiveness,
    Bought with pain and sacrifice.
    Give Your peace to those around us
    Though the price is still the same.
    Make our lives the fragrant offering
    With Your love the mighty flame.

  89. bubbles says:

    Forever, you said it was like a fairy tale. That same thought came to me when I saw the deer! The forest is an amazing thing. I’ve been reading a series of books about the secrets of nature written by a European forester. God’s creation’s intricate connectiveness (spelling error) helps show how “big” God is. Thankful to be His child. Thankful for Him loving a person like me who doesn’t deserve anything.

  90. street says:

    1
    My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
    I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
    2
    But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

    3
    Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.

  91. street says:

    2
    He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
    3
    “I will not enter my house
    or go to my bed,
    4
    I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
    5
    till I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

    But that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:

    4 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in. 5 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one dwelling place to another. 6 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leaders[a] whom I commanded to shepherd my people, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

    7 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men on earth. 9 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 10 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies.

    “‘I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you: 11 When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. 14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.’”

  92. street says:

    15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

  93. jeff1 says:

    1.Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    let me hide myself in thee;
    let the water and the blood,
    from thy wounded side which flowed,
    be of sin the double cure;
    save from wrath and make me pure.

    2.Not the labors of my hands
    can fulfill thy law’s commands;
    could my zeal no respite know,
    could my tears forever flow,
    all for sin could not atone;
    thou must save, and thou alone.

    3.Nothing in my hand I bring,
    simply to the cross I cling;
    naked, come to thee for dress;
    helpless, look to thee for grace;
    foul, I to the fountain fly;
    wash me, Savior, or I die.

    4.While I draw this fleeting breath,
    when mine eyes shall close in death,
    when I soar to worlds unknown,
    see thee on thy judgement throne,
    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    let me hide myself in thee.

  94. SFDBWV says:

    Mart’s gift to me has been this marvelous opportunity to meet and share with other Christians around the world.

    To share views, lives and to hear ideas concerning our views of being Christian and our struggles with understanding Scripture.

    What a wonderful gift.

    We are here because we seek fellowship.

    It is our opportunity to show Christ in our behavior with each other.

    For me it is always important to encourage, uplift and comfort the friends I have made here.

    Yes just like the picture Mart has provided of a scene from paradise there is always a serpent lurking, looking for an opportunity to strike.

    This is the way of things.

    I would say every one of us have had the experience of encountering the serpent in every gathering of Christians we have experienced.

    If you ask why that is, the answer might be found in Job whereas God allows Satan to be in His presence that is until in Revelation when Satan is finally cast down to earth to await his demise.

    The situation that follows our encounter of the enemy is how we handle it.

    The answer is always going to be Jesus.

    We take instruction from every word of Scripture as how to deal with life and life’s struggles.

    Sometimes we are to be meek, sometimes we are to be bold.

    However we are always to put Christ first in our decisions.

    The more successful we are for Jesus, the more intense the attacks from Satan.

    For most of us it comes to deciding whether to leave or stay in a group when we feel either attacked or as if we just don’t belong. Whether a church a house group or any gathering of believers.

    Interesting that the decision is the same as a basic instinct coded into all of us from creation. “Fight or flee”, the response necessary for staying alive.

    For Foreveblessed with regards to her house group or for any of us wherever we find ourselves, the struggle and outcome will always be the same. How we decide is through prayer and meditation and leading from the Holy Spirit that speaks to our spirit, provides evidence, support and makes a clear way for us to proceed.

    Not wanting to leave yet without a reference to our subject of touching wood, I was reminded this morning of Revelation 22:2 whereas the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.

    The tree of life.

    31 degrees and clear this morning.

    Steve

  95. jeff1 says:

    Thought provoking quotes from C. S. Lewis.

    “God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.

    “Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”want.”

    “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.”

    “We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies, but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.”

    “Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.”

    “Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

    “All these toys were never intended to possess my heart. My true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ.”

    “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”

    “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”

    “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.”

    “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with him. He walks everywhere incognito.”

    “The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred.”

  96. poohpity says:

    A true sign of a heart that Jesus has found a place to dwell is not in how one treats friends or those who think alike or who returns love because that is common place in most every human being BUT the true follower of Jesus is found in how one treats those who disagree, or thinks differently, or how they treat a so called enemy, or one who does not return love. After all that was how Jesus lived His life, loving those who did not deserve it or return it but needed it. Isn’t that what the Word of the Lord teaches as proof of a heart that Jesus has found a place to dwell?

    It is not about what another human being considers a “Christian” it is about a life surrendered and submissive to following the Way. When one is following the way they know they have no right to determine whether another is a “Christian” or not that is something only God knows, so they have put their selves in His place, god complex. John 14:6 Talk about those who are happy in Jesus.

    Enough
    Chris Tomlin

    All of you is more than enough for all of me
    For every thirst and every need
    You satisfy me with Your love
    And all I have in You is more than enough

    You are my supply
    My breath of life
    And still more awesome than I know
    You are my reward
    worth living for
    And still more awesome than I know

    All of you is more than enough for all of me
    For every thirst and every need
    You satisfy me with Your love
    And all I have in You is more than enough

    You’re my sacrifice
    Of greatest price
    And still more awesome than I know

    You’re my coming King
    You are everything
    And still more awesome than I know

    More than all I want
    More than all I need
    You are more than enough for me
    More than all I know
    More than all I can say
    You are more than enough for me

  97. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you Steve for your encouragement!
    I did read your comment last night just before going to bed, thanks a lot!
    And again this morning
    Looking to Jesus, that is the point, the pivotal point, and so hard to do, it just does not go by itself. But it is the only way. He is our Source, our Food from heaven our encouragment our Comfort, our Rock on which we stand.
    And so our praise for Him gets louder and louder in our lives, and it disturbs anything that does not belong to Christ, and it has to go, eventually.

    And thanks too Jeff, for these sayings, deep thought good to ponder about.
    Love to all.

  98. poohpity says:

    A god complex is represented by the snake slithering it’s way into many hearts by deception and lies turning people away from God not to Him, a dwelling place suited for God not in buildings or anything else made by man. Eph 6:12 NLT

  99. poohpity says:

    forever, I do not know if you ever looked at the lady in your home group as showing you much love, care and concern over your spiritual well being than all the flattery by well intentioned people who may not care about your spiritual growth? Proverbs 28:23

  100. Beloved says:

    I was just thinking about the vulgarity of self- righteousness. I think the most vile of words was when the serpent said to Eve, “Has not God said…” I feel nauseous.

  101. Beloved says:

    Correction, the verse I was thinking of is , “Did God really say that you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)

    ‘Did God really say’ , the serpent still deceives and tempts to twist what God said to lead some astray. But God is greater and there is safety within the fold. So greatful for the fold mates here. Blessings all!

  102. jeff1 says:

    There is someone that I love even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is……me.

    What an honest and insightful mind C. S. Lewis had as his quotes reflect.

    There is thoughts I would never think of and yet when I read the above quote I can relate to it all so clearly.

    I often hurt the ones I love the most and isn’t that so true as it is the people who are with me daily that sees the worst of me and loves me anyway.

    As for my enemies I used to believe it was best to keep them at length while others tell me to keep my friends close and my enemies even closer.

    Peoples reasons and motives are all varied so I need to make up my own mind as to what I believe is acceptable in God’s sight.

    I have learned that circumstances make a difference to how people react and when someone is feeling threatened or pressurised they react differently then they would normally.

    With this in mind I find discernment is very much a momentarily decision that can change with individuals and circumstances in a world where there is so much diversity and it is seeking God’s guidance that I will respond well or not to others who do not hold or share my views but are entitled to hold them anyway.

  103. Beloved says:

    Viv I enjoy Lewis even though he was a Universalist. But scripture says this:

    Titus 3:10-11 New International Version (NIV)

    10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.

  104. Beloved says:

    Forever I’m praying for Gods guidance for you. Such a difficult and confusing time for you! May God bless you richly!

  105. Beloved says:

    Forever Philippians2, the mind of Christ, may be helpful.

  106. Beloved says:

    I need the mind of Christ also.

  107. Beloved says:

    To better discern between good and evil. I struggle.

  108. Beloved says:

    Deborah Johnson,

    You may not address me anymore and I will not read any of your posts, as others have stopped doing also.

  109. Beloved says:

    Aka, “poohpity”

  110. poohpity says:

    Joyce your 10:47 post glad the Lord gave “you” that verse. FYI C.S. Lewis was not a universalist, it is a wonder that after reading his writings that one would come away with such a far out assumption. But it figures. Why did you feel the need to announce that you are not going to read any more of my posts rather than just doing it, was it to promote more passive aggressive hate? I have never really cared if anyone reads anything I write or not. Who here really understands anything I write anyway.

  111. Beloved says:

    I watched the wood xylophone again, then this verse came to mind:

    Proverbs 16:9-11
    9 The heart of man plans his way,
    but the Lord establishes his steps.
    10 An oracle is on the lips of a king;
    his mouth does not sin in judgment.
    11 A just balance and scales are the Lord’s;
    all the weights in the bag are his work.

    What I get from this is that there is so much more to God and our relationship with Him than we can even begin to imagine! He is good!

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  112. Beloved says:

    (Oops sorry I missed deleting that last line from the website.)

  113. Beloved says:

    To make such beautiful music, free of misnotes, takes the precision of truth and justice, the foundations of Gods throne.

  114. foreverblessed says:

    Today is a new day!
    God’s mercies are new every morning

    God bless you all, may He keep His eyes on you, make His light shine on you, He is the only One who can fill our hearts, the yearning that is deep inside us, that only He can make to rest.

    Jesu, joy of men’s desiring.

    Even the melody speaks of the yearning of the heart, the acking of the heart.

    Psalm 93:1
    You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
    I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
    in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

    Brian Doerksen You are Everything
    the melody also speaks of a yearning of the soul…

    I listened to Josh Groban, Pat talked about how it always would bring her to tears listening to this.
    I did enjoy listening to it.
    It is interesting that this baroque music is here played with an electric guitar, and drums, quite nice.

  115. foreverblessed says:

    By the way, my utmost is very good today, April 11

    ” It takes the omnipotence of God— His complete and effective divinity— to live the life of the Son of God in human flesh. ”

    Even this thought is so good to let sink in, and ponder about it:
    the miracle of the Cross
    The wonder of Christ in me.

    But the rest of what he writes is also good, it is the discernment of what my old man is, that takes a while. We hold on to our “rights” but when we have given ourselves to Jesus we have no “rights” anymore. Jesus takes care of all our rights. He is our Right-eousness.
    And Jesus work is often slower than I would have done it.
    So:
    Hold on…
    Do not give up…

    “And once I decide that my “old man” (that is, my heredity of sin) should be identified with the death of Jesus, the Holy Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything.”

    “My part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals to me.”

    “Once I have made that important decision about sin, it is easy to “reckon” that I am actually “dead indeed to sin,” because I find the life of Jesus in me all the time (Romans 6:11).”

    “Just as there is only one kind of humanity, there is only one kind of holiness— the holiness of Jesus. And it is His holiness that has been given to me. God puts the holiness of His Son into me, and I belong to a new spiritual order.”

  116. foreverblessed says:

    The God at eventide of April 9
    speaks of the same thing, more a less,
    the subject about which Street often talks:
    kill the old man, and live the Life of Jesus.
    Here is the God at eventide:

    April 9 – The Life Glorious

    If by the Spirit you mortify the flesh, you shall live.

    This is a further progress-step in My Kingdom. The flesh must hold no pleasure for you that is not held in leash, always under subjection to the Spirit.

    It was the utter subjection of the flesh that was manifested in My Silence at the pillar, and in the face of the jibes and insults and blows. It was this complete subjection which meant a Risen Body.

    Resurrection-faith is not a matter of belief in Me, and in My Power working a miracle, it is a faith in Me and My Power leading to entire subjection of the body.

    The body completely under control of the Spirit is a Risen Body. See now the importance of self-discipline.

  117. jeff1 says:

    The world shouts at us today to demand our rights and the emphasis being on equality.

    Yet, the decision to give up the right to my own thoughts and beliefs has to be made by me as God requires submission for the Holy Spirit to dwell in me and direct as He desires.

    Discipline the key word to walking with God in His ways.

    I am not good at the obedience i.e. I either lag behind or run ahead and loose sight of God.

    That’s not a nice place to be in the wilderness as I know it is my lacking and not God’s faithfulness that blinds me.

    Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.

    I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
    Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.

    Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.

    O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival, start the work in me;
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.

  118. phpatato says:

    Forever, in your comment this morning you mentioned listening to Josh Groban’s version of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and a couple of sentences later mentioned an electric guitar and drums. Were those instruments used in the version you heard? I ask because the version that Josh did, that I listen to, was from 2002 and featured a violin and complete orchestra. Coming from a musical family, I learned from an early age to “feel the music”. It is when I “feel” this song that I can’t help but well up inside. His voice at one with each note honouring my Creator. There is listening to a song and then there is “listening” to a song….if you know what I mean.

    If you listened to another version with different instruments, could you point me to where you heard it?

    Pat xo

  119. poohpity says:

    “Though we acknowledge God as Creator, do we slow down long enough to truly consider the profound truth revealed in the first chapter of the Bible? Our amazing God brought forth light and life into the creatively diverse world He crafted with the power of His word.

    God also intentionally sculpted each person in the world, giving purpose to every day of our lives before we drew our first breaths (Psalm 139:13–16). As we celebrate the Lord’s creativity, we can also rejoice over the many ways He helps us imagine and create with Him and for His glory.”

    By Xochitl Dixon in ODB April 16th

  120. SFDBWV says:

    Pat interesting you mentioned “feeling” the music. I have always felt the music, always.

    It’s one of those little aggravations for me, that I have always had trouble remembering the words to songs, but never forget the “music”. The words seem to be music as well and melt into the melody.

    Feeling the music takes me many places, some are so intense that the feeling is indescribable.

    It is how I imagine the music of heaven to be.

    I never had music lessons but have always been able to pick out tunes either on a piano or a guitar. Pick being the key word.

    This exercise Mart has opened to us reminds me of just that, picking out the tune. So short and slow your mind gets ahead of the next note as you anticipate it.

    Art in all its forms are a gift from God and a shadow of our Creator.

    I did enjoy the eye candy you sent my way this morning, I also see “music” in nature and great musicians like Bach could hear it and bring it to the rest of us so we could too.

    Steve

  121. poohpity says:

    Creativity and imagination are used in more areas than just the arts. Even folks who think of doing evil are creative and imaginative in how to accomplish that as well. It takes thought to call people names and belittle them and to get others to follow that lead.

    But God has given us imagination and creativity to be His servants and how to accomplish that as well. One has to come up with ways to serve others as those who have the gift of hospitality, those who have the gift of faith to be prayers, those who have the gift of teaching, those who have the gift of healing, those who have the gift of sharing the Gospel, etc. they have to have imagination and creativity to implement those gifts in various ways for the best impact.

  122. foreverblessed says:

    Josh Groban – Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring.flv

    lenand21308 has published it, on 2010 (l or I?)

    The version of the Celtic women is also good, maybe a bit too romantic with these fashy dresses.
    I myself like the classical version, the “Bach” version, with choir.

    My musical upBringing started when I was 6, with flute, and learning to read sheetmusic.When I became 12 I could pick an instrument. I chose the piano, and my mother arranged an old piano from a preacher. But a good one, a high one, with good bass notes.

    It had a very tough touch to it. When I got married an older lady gave her piano to me, (I payed for the transport). That piano had a very easy touch to it. Suddenly I could play lots of piano pieces!
    Wow!

    (That reminds me of the training we now get from the Holy Spirit, He puts us in difficult situations, adevers siturations sometimes, to make us stronger in the Lord)

    The piano lessons were based on very classical music: starting with Beethove of course, and then Mozart, and going along the line of music history.
    The rough electric guitar has a different feeling, I had to get used to it. And lots of drums, in classical music the drum part is on a low note, just here and there adding.

    Feeling the music, maybe we cannot feel it as another does, but what I get from this song is that the melody goes up and up, creating an expectation, more is to come…
    a yearning that is welling up…

    but Bach gave also these beautiful words with it;
    Jesu joy of men’s desiring

    All of our desires are met in Him,
    in Him alone…

    I pray all of us will get to that point some time in ouur lives:
    We have Him
    we need nothing more.

    God bless you Pat!

  123. Beloved says:

    Thank you forever I really enjoyed your post!

  124. foreverblessed says:

    OK, Beloved, sharing, encouraging.
    I thought you were into classical music as well?
    You shared it here before, I wouldn’t mind if you did it again, to refreshen my memory.

    I also looked up the link Street gave: the Pachelbel canon in D.
    That is hilarious! Impossible!
    Everything played on the piano, instead of many instruments playing together.
    That reminds me of being a body of believers, everybody does their part, if you feel that the load is just on me, it becomes impossible.
    Relying on Jesus!
    He arranges all parts, my part is mine to do, in reliance of God.

    Beloved, you wrote the only one that I need to change is: me!

    Then I read the devotional of April 10, God at eventide
    ( The days before are also very good, I tend to believe that my utmost and the God calling and eventide have the same messages, but Oswalds has more of a reprimanding tone to his writing, whereas God calling has more of a luring tone, drawing in love to Jesus Himself.

    Here is the devotion, from God at eventide:

    April 10 – Break Free

    I sent no disciple to carry My Healing Power to the Syrophoenician woman’s sick daughter, the centurion’s servant, or to the ruler’s son. My Word was all-sufficient.

    All that I needed was the faith of the petitioner. Can you not realize that?

    Learn to understand and to ask more of Me. If you do not, then others’ bonds are your responsibility.

    Loose your own body from all bonds. Remember “the beam and the mote.”

    As the fault (the beam) is removed from your own eye, giving you the power to remove the mote from your brother’s eye, so if you bring your body into subjection, discipline it wholly, you will be enabled to free your brother from bonds that bind him to ill-health.

  125. poohpity says:

    Isn’t that the thing though none of us are ever free from our own beams or motes and to think otherwise is to deny the reality of what God sees/says and the realization of how totally amazing His grace actually is. That is how one comes to kneel or prostrate at the foot of the Cross in gratefulness and humility rather than standing around pointing fingers at others in self righteousness.

  126. poohpity says:

    David wrote;

    Oh, what joy for those
    whose disobedience is forgiven,
    whose sin is put out of sight!
    2
    Yes, what joy for those
    whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,[b]
    whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
    3
    When I refused to confess my sin,
    my body wasted away,
    and I groaned all day long.
    4
    Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
    My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

    5
    Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
    and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
    I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
    And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

    Mart wrote;

    What’s important is the discovery that to know God is music to the soul that in every generation, place, and culture needs to be lifted up with the sounds of joy (Ephesians 5:18–19; Colossians 3:16).

  127. Beloved says:

    Forever I like what you said about the load being impossible if it depends on me alone. I’ve always been overly responsible so that’s freeing to me. Yes I played violin from age 10 to 15 when we moved and couldn’t get private lessons anymore and there was no orchestra in our smaller school. My mom played also and I listened often to her Florian Zwabach (sp?) records but my dad hated and made fun of us. My favorite is still the Brandenburg concerto though. When I was going through my major rebellious time in the sixties Moody Blues was my favorite. It gave me such a sense of momentary peace in my world of chaos. I have since learned that Jesus gives a peace that surpasses any and all chaos. Oh to be like Him!!

  128. Beloved says:

    1
    Open my eyes that I may see
    Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
    Place in my hands the wonderful key
    That shall unclasp and set me free.
    Silently now I wait for Thee,
    Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
    Open my eyes, illumine me,
    Spirit Divine!
    2
    Open my ears that I may hear
    Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
    And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
    Everything false will disappear.
    3
    Open my mouth and let me bear
    Tidings of mercy everywhere;
    Open my heart and let me prepare
    Love with Thy children thus to share.
    4
    Open my mind that I may read
    More of Thy love in word and deed;
    What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
    Only for light from Thee I plead.

  129. street says:

    Open my eyes that I may see

    Touch Wood

    the difference between a speak and a beam…..

    what joy for those
    whose disobedience is forgiven

    “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
    And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

    a joy not to be missed!

  130. street says:

    speck ops

  131. Beloved says:

    Touch wood

    I was thinking about the words “the music of the spheres” from the hymn “My Fathers World” and found this fascinating explanation by Robert R Reilly :

    Using Old Testament imagery from the Psalms, St. Clement said that there is a “New Song,” far superior to the Orphic myths of the pagans. The “New Song” is Christ, the Logos Himself: “it is this [New Song] that composed the entire creation into melodious order, and tuned into concert the discord of the elements, that the whole universe may be in harmony with it.” It is Christ who “arranged in harmonious order this great world, yes, and the little world of man, body and soul together; and on this many-voiced instrument he makes music to God and sings to [the accompaniment of] the human instrument.”

  132. Beloved says:

    This is my Father’s World
    And to my listening ears
    All nature sings and round me rings
    The music of the spheres
    This is my Father’s world
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees
    Of skies and seas
    His hands the wonders wrot
    This is my Father’s world
    The birds there carols raise
    The morning light the Lilly white
    Declare their maker’s praise
    This is my Father’s world
    He shines in all thats fair
    In rustling grass I hear him pass
    He speaks to me everywhere
    This is my Father’s world
    And to my listening ears
    All nature sings and round me rings
    The music of the sphere.

  133. jeff1 says:

    Thank you, Beloved, that is beautiful.

  134. street says:

    we may sing well or not so well, but i really am looking forward to this event of all events. Zephaniah 3:17 thinking…… happening now in Christ?

    let not the Lord hear murmuring from me. let it be a joyful noise!

  135. SFDBWV says:

    “The Voice of God”
    Louis I. Newman
    “I sought to hear the voice of God,
    And climbed the topmost steeple.
    But God declared: “Go down again,
    I dwell amongst the people.”

    We all have our favorite style of music, and that’s what we listen to.

    I have noticed how much effort goes into expressing the pain of life in music. It is in those sad songs, in that music that seems to touch something that is a mixture of sadness and longing in us.

    While soothing it also stirs up some distant pain that is somehow enjoyed.

    Awaiting, longing for something….maybe a happy ending and restoration of all things gone and lost.

    “I sought to hear the voice of God,
    And climbed the topmost steeple.
    But God declared: “Go down again,
    I dwell amongst the people.”

    47 degrees some fog after last night’s thunderstorms.

    Steve

  136. foreverblessed says:

    Indeed, that was beautiful!

    St Clement’s explanation of the Psalms
    ( Beloved April 12, 5.32 pm)

    “The “New Song” is Christ, the Logos Himself: “it is this [New Song] that composed the entire creation into melodious order, and tuned into concert the discord of the elements, that the whole universe may be in harmony with it.” It is Christ who “arranged in harmonious order”

    Good to meditate on that thought.
    Jesus, the Living Word, the Composer, the Conductur.

    I envision Jesus being the Conductor,
    recruiting more and more musicians, singers,
    training them.
    Letting them perform together, now a small group, but He has many more to come into the orchestra.

    Last night I was in a concert Hall, listening to a philharmic concert, also onze piece with a pianist!
    Lovely, how each one has his own little bit to play,
    Together it is beautiful!
    That “impossible” Pachelbel comes to mind…

    Together, in the Unity: of seeking the face of Christ.

    ( Thanks for that song too:
    Open my eyes, that I may see…
    I sang that in church as a very young child, and I always loved it.
    May God grant what we ask there in the words of the song)

  137. foreverblessed says:

    Good morning Steve, have a blessed day, with Genna and Matt.
    And may everybody be blessed that you meet today!
    May God grant this request, if you agree with it.

    Where two….

  138. SFDBWV says:

    Yes Foreverblessed wherever two or more are gathered together in His name He is there also.

    The psalms are songs or so we’ve been told, but all songs with words are poems first, then music added for effect.

    Interesting that like the Psalms good poetry doesn’t need music, it has its own.

    Matthew as a child took guitar lessons from a music professor at a nearby college. Harry Hogue, he taught Matthew the basics from the background of classical music. As classical music touched all the uses of chords, notes, timing and the best use and understanding of music.

    From that basic learning all music springs.

    This morning I am listening to Pachelbel Canon in D Major, some of the accompanying scenery could be right here in my area. As such music and nature go so well together.

    Thank you for your blessing for us, may it be returned on you seven fold or more.

    Yes indeed where two or more…

    Steve

  139. foreverblessed says:

    That gives me a big smile!
    Sevenfold or more, wow.
    Just now somebody phoned me if she could come to visit us, Just to be out of her home for a while.
    I pray the sevenfold goes to her.
    Let me explain:
    She is 66 now, but at the age of 19 she had a very bad accident, a car hit her on her bike. Was in coma a long time, her mother assisted her, moved her arms and legs, so they would not hete stiff.
    She can drive an electronic bike, and move around.
    With help in the morning and at night she can live on her own.

    May God bless her, and Matt! God may decide in what way, I would like to ask health for the body, mind and spirit.
    In whatever way!

    May God bless all of you, and all you meet!

  140. foreverblessed says:

    … her mother moved her arms and legs every day, so they would not get stiff.

  141. poohpity says:

    But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
    For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.

    O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love.

  142. foreverblessed says:

    The decision to ask God to bless everybody that I meet today, gives a total different vision on life. And as Steve asked for a sevenfold blessing, this made my day a very different one.
    Our heater, the boiler for hot water is leaking. I was going to moan about it, till the thought entered: think of the blessing.
    Thuis is great, now the man of the boilers also gets the blessing!
    At night I found out our neighbors have a party, and J was thinking: “oh no, there goes my rest, ughh”
    It took a bit longer for me to think:
    Wait a minute, all these people may be part of the blessing!!!

    This “blessing” mindset really changes my reality.

    It may seem as showing of in sharing all of this, or it may work as an encouragement:
    brighten up your life,
    See the blessing side.

    *Ask what you will”

  143. foreverblessed says:

    I must also confess, that years ago, when people would bless me, I thought: who do they think they are, to give a blessing. Are they like God?
    Or I would think: God is already blessing me, I don’t need theirs as well.
    May God forgive me for being so foolish.

  144. foreverblessed says:

    Beloved, what happened to your violin?
    If you have played 5 years, you must be able to get right sound out of it.
    In heaven I want to learn to play violin, and harp!
    Its no joke.
    And I hope some of you will be in the orchestra I’m in ( was going tot type: my orchestra, bureau being a conductor is not my heartse desire
    Being with Jesus is.
    Street, thanks for the Sefanja 3:17
    God singing over me ( us)
    In great exultation
    ….That’s the other way round!

  145. foreverblessed says:

    Zephaniah 3:17

  146. Beloved says:

    Forever, I don’t know what happened to my violin, there was so much chaos at the time. But I did sing in choir, alto. Our choir director was Catholic and taught so many wonderful songs, such as The Messiah. I still remember the thrill of performing that wonderful piece!

    I’m still pondering the music of the spheres. I’m wondering if heavenly music is higher than any need for human instruments? Either voice or?

  147. Beloved says:

    1 Samuel 16:23 (ESV)
    23 And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.

    Heavenly music indeed! Music that points us to God is good. I’ve been struggling with pressure from my neighbors to attend a local singers’ (secular) concert in my building. I have no desire, secular music lost its appeal to me years ago and they don’t understand why I don’t go along with the crowd. It’s because I have no interest in lost love found love sex drugs or rock and roll, but only God. Praying their eyes are opened to the futility of momentary joy that has no hope or answers for the present or future. And that they turn to Jesus.

  148. SFDBWV says:

    Nearly 50 years ago while I was in my mid 20’s working with an older friend he and I were talking about our faith. As the subject progressed he reminded me that everyone can’t be a preacher, but everyone can be a believer.

    Years later as more of life had applied itself to me I came to realize we aren’t in heaven yet.

    I posted the little “poem” to remind us that while enjoying glimpses of heaven in music or nature or wherever we may see it, that God, Christ is down here amongst the people.

    Not “up there”, rather down here.

    Not lofty and unobtainable, rather right here in front of us everywhere we go or look. In the face of a stranger, handshake of a neighbor, or smile of a friend.

    When God the Son was born into the world it was there “down” among the ordinary people, when He began His public ministry it was there among the people. His presence among the salt of the earth made a difference.

    We are the salt of the earth and if Christ is with us then everywhere we go we take Jesus with us and are able to resent Him through us. At work, at school, on the bus, in the car, on the corner, in a crowd, at any gathering of others.

    There is a time for worship, there is a time to enjoy the life god has created around us and placed us in.

    If we make ourselves unobtainable and hide away in a self-imposed monastery his message, our witness will never be seen.

    The instrument of the music nor the music it produced that Mart has offered to us is lost unless someone sees or hears it.

    “I sought to hear the voice of God,
    And climbed the topmost steeple.
    But God declared: “Go down again,
    I dwell amongst the people.”

    44 degrees a mix of stars and clouds.

    Steve

  149. SFDBWV says:

    Typo, sorry…That is of course “Present Him not “Resent”.

    Though after I think a moment about it some of our actions can make people resent “Christianity” by our presentation of it.

    Steve

  150. jeff1 says:

    I think the modern day presentation of Christianity is seen through religions rather than the Gospel of Christ.

    That is what puts non believers off Christianity as it is confusing to them how so many different denominations are so diverse in their presentation of it.

    We are more concerned with belonging to a church than we are belonging to Christ and that has taken the focus off Jesus and put it on us which is contrary to the message of the Gospel.

  151. jeff1 says:

    Before The Blood Was Dry

    I just knew He couldn’t love me
    There was no place left to run
    Forgiveness seemed impossible
    After all the things I’d done
    And on my knees I cried for mercy
    Then I heard the Lord reply
    Don’t you know that I forgave you
    Before the blood was dry.

    Chorus
    Well, I was changed, redeemed, forgiven
    Before the blood was dry
    The debt I owed was cancelled
    In the twinkling of an eye
    Long before the scars appeared
    Where the nails had been applied
    I was changed, redeemed, forgiven
    Before the blood was dry.

    There’s no way I could thank Him
    For each drop of blood He lost
    In crimson pools of mercy
    On the ground beneath the cross
    As they nailed His hands and feet in place
    He heard this sinner’s cry
    I was changed, redeemed, forgiven
    Before the blood was dry

  152. jeff1 says:

    Jesus Is All I Need

    I was alone, so afraid
    He came along, calling my name
    He took my fear and, in its place
    Jesus spoke peace to me

    (CHORUS)
    He lifted me, out of my grief
    Soothing my soul, keeping my feet
    Shining His light, that I might see
    Without His love, I”m incomplete
    Jesus is all, I need

    In my despair, He came along
    Calling my name, giving a song
    Filling my heart with, melody
    Jesus is all I need

    Singing again love lifted me
    Feeding my soul with manna so sweet
    Shining His light, that I might see
    Without His love I”m incomplete
    Jesus is all I need
    Lifting me into realms above
    Giving me grace showering love
    Holding my hand and guiding my feet
    Jesus is changing me

    (CHORUS)
    He lifted me, out of my grief
    Soothing my soul, keeping my feet
    Shining His light, that I might see
    Without His love, I”m incomplete
    Jesus is all, I need

  153. poohpity says:

    So many even Christians have their eyes, minds and hearts focused on everything else this world offers that Jesus hardly takes up any space in their lives. No church, no Christian music, no communion with other Saints, no observance of the Lord’s supper, no reading the bible or any devotions to grow to know God better nothing to set our minds on things above. So there is no idea about how to live a new life in Christ just to embrace the evil one’s domain, the world.(Romans 12:2 NLT)

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full, in his wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of his glory and grace

  154. poohpity says:

    The world offers no hope, no faith and the most important no LOVE.

    1 John 4: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

  155. poohpity says:

    The resurrected Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of the God the Father and He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us, around us and through us. Col 3:1-2

  156. jeff1 says:

    I don’t believe it is beneficial to make assumptions about what other Christians are doing in their life.

    My friend said to me just the other day that we make a lot of assumptions in our lives and I would have to agree with her.

    I cannot fill in the blanks with my own understanding but trust God with my lack of it.

    The world can be a distraction but when we look to God He is their to strengthen and encourage us because as we draw near to God He draws near to us.

    1 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
    o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
    guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
    for we have no help but thee;
    yet possessing every blessing,
    if our God our Father be.

    2 Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us:
    all our weakness thou dost know;
    thou didst tread this earth before us,
    thou didst feel its keenest woe;
    lone and dreary, faint and weary,
    through the desert thou didst go.

    3 Spirit of our God, descending,
    fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
    love with every passion blending,
    pleasure that can never cloy:
    thus provided, pardoned, guided,
    nothing can our peace destroy.

  157. poohpity says:

    Viv, and who are you assuming that is “making assumptions about what other Christians are doing in their life.” I listed things that the bible guides us to do to keep our faith alive, strong and active. The bible guides us to not give up assembling together Hebrews 10:25; sharing communion whenever we meet together in remembrance of what Jesus (Acts 2:42) did for us and teaching the word and singing spiritual songs Col 3:15-16. If our mind is not filled with the things from the Lord it will be filled with something and wouldn’t it be nice to have it filled with things from above rather than things here below?!? That is what the bible teaches.

  158. poohpity says:

    Most of those who have truly accepted Christ as their Savior ask about what are the next steps to take in that relationship. Then the one’s who have lead them to Christ usually say find a good bible believing church to go to, read the bible, get involved in doing His work, pray, sing and tell others about what happened to them, in other words spread the gospel. Who wants to keep quiet when Jesus has changed their life, they have been forgiven and find out just how vast the love of God is for them. That was how the very first church grew so rapidly and continues to grow now.

  159. street says:

    The world offers no hope, no faith and the most important no LOVE.

    Jesus said even the heathen love those who love them.

  160. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 14, 2019 at 9:10 am

    So many even Christians have their eyes, minds and hearts focused on everything else this world offers that Jesus hardly takes up any space in their lives.

    Your comment says that you know Christians who do not follow as you do and so you assume do not know Christ as you do.

    God is not judging you for their lack of commitment so do not get bitter towards others that you cannot do anything about but keep your own heart right with God and reap the rewards of knowing God’s love for you.

  161. Beloved says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice, oo
    (Beachboys) Came to mind just now.

  162. bubbles says:

    Had to make two trips down the highway and back this weekend. First trip home found a semi truck and trailer in a curve going the wrong way. The truck was in a jack knife position. The smell of gas was about half a mile past the truck.

    Then last night, I was coming back home on that same highway but closer to home. It was dark and late. I glanced into the rear view mirror and back at the road in time to see the vehicle in front of mine swerve to the shoulder. I instinctively swerved also and saw a dead deer in the middle of the two lanes. I was going close to the speed limit, and suppose this would have caused me to have an accident. A semi was in the lane beside where I was.

    It’s been raining hard and storming some for a while and half hour ago the doorbell began to ring. Don’t know who would be ringing the doorbell at night in the rain. I didn’t hear a car door close or drive away. Who ever it was left, and it was frightening.
    Thankful for God’s protection many times over. All of these times God was with me.

  163. Beloved says:

    Perfect example of what God is able to do in a fallen world!

  164. jeff1 says:

    Somebody Cares

    Somebody cares and always will,
    The world forgets but God loves you still,
    You cannot go beyond His Love
    No matter what you’re guilty of-
    For God forgives until the end,
    He is your faithful, loyal friend,
    And though you try to hide your face
    There is no shelter any place
    That can escape His watchful eye,
    For on the earth and in the sky
    He’s ever present and always there
    To take you in His tender care
    And bind the wounds and mend the breaks
    When all the world around forsakes . . .
    Somebody cares and loves you still
    And God is the Someone who always will.

  165. jeff1 says:

    Holy Highway

    There’s a road called the holy highway that once was a desert land
    Very soon you’ll hear the sound of a holy marching band
    Everlasting joy upon them, there’s a remnant strong and true
    We bring the song back to Zion; we bring the praise back to you

    We exalt You, God Almighty, You are worthy to be praised
    Let all nations bow before You, Holy Ancient of all days

    There’s a road called the holy highway, where the people dance and shout
    For the enemy is running with confusion all about
    Raise our banners in the victory; raise them high His word is true
    We bring our song back to Zion, we bring the praise back to you

    We exalt You, God Almighty, You are worthy to be praised
    Let all nations bow before You, Holy Ancient of all days

    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty
    Holy, holy holy is the Lord
    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

    There’s a road called the holy highway that once was a desert land
    Very soon you’ll hear the sound of a holy marching band and
    Everlasting joy upon them, there’s a remnant strong and true
    We bring the song back to Zion; we bring the praise back to you
    We bring the praise back to you

  166. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you very much Jeff!
    Good to let those words sink in.
    and meditate on them…

    And I am praying for protection for Bubbles!
    May God bless you!

  167. poohpity says:

    Viv, thank you for sharing your perception/opinion/assumption of what I wrote, that helps me learn more about you in how you see things and think.

    We can learn more about how Jesus thinks by studying what He went through on this passion week. Starting with yesterday; To study the biblical accounts of Passion Week, read the following chapters: Matthew 21-27; Mark 11-15; Luke 19-23; and John 12-19.

    Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in recognition of the beginning of Passion Week and Jesus’ final agonizing journey to His crucifixion. “The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” (Matthew 21:6-9). Palm Sunday serves as a preparation of one’s heart for the agony of His passion and the joy of His resurrection.

    Holy Monday – Following Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, He spent Sunday night in Bethany, the village at the foot of Mount of Olives (Matthew 21:7). As Jesus returned on Monday to Jerusalem, He noticed a fig tree that had produced leaves ahead of season. But since the fig tree bore leaves, He expected to find figs, yet it was fruitless. Jesus cursed the tree and it withered the next day. Another event of Holy Monday is the Temple cleaning. As part of prophesy, Jesus pronounced a symbolic judgment upon the irreverence for the Lord’s house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11).

    To be continued

  168. poohpity says:

    Viv, yesterday’s comments are a great example of what you quoted me as saying, “So many even Christians have their eyes, minds and hearts focused on everything else this world offers that Jesus hardly takes up any space in their lives.” No one even mentioned it was Palm Sunday.

  169. poohpity says:

    Jesus said, ““I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”

  170. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 15, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Viv, thank you for sharing your perception/opinion/assumption of what I wrote, that helps me learn more about you in how you see things and think

    When I comment here it is not for you to dissect who I am as a person but to share my thoughts and listen to another’s in the hope that it gives me room for thought in improving my faith and my view of God.

    I hope to learn from others and just maybe I say something worthwhile that gives them room for thought.

    I did not think I was being scrutinised and deemed unworthy because I do not do as you do Pooh.

    I can live with that as the truth is I am unworthy and its not about me being unworthy but Jesus being worthy in my place.

    We can agree that it is focusing on Jesus that unites us and my thinking is that I need to keep that focus because like Peter when I take my eyes off Him I can all too easy find myself sinking into deep waters.

    Without Him

    Without Him I could do nothing
    Without Him I?d surely fail
    Without Him I would be drifting
    Like a ship without a sail

    Without Him I would be dying
    Without Him I?d be enslaved
    Without Him life would be worthless
    But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

    Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
    Do you know Him today
    Please don’t turn Him away
    Oh Jesus, my Jesus
    Without Him how lost I would be
    Without Him how lost I would be

  171. Beloved says:

    Sad sad day in Paris. My heart and prayers go out to them.

  172. poohpity says:

    Viv, if it is OK with you for me to be who I am then I will continue to get to know people. It is not dissecting them as you say, it is simply caring about who people are. I get to know almost everyone I meet because they matter to me. No evil intent that is how you think not me.

  173. foreverblessed says:

    April 16 grom God calling

    Love Your Servants

    Love, love, love. Tender Love is the secret. Love those you are training, love those who work with you, love those who serve you.

    Dwell on that thought — God is Love. Link it up with My “I and my Father are one.” Dwell on My actions on earth. See in them Love in operation.

    If it was God who so acted, then it was Love, Perfect Love, performed those actions, those wonders. Then you, too, must put Love (God) into action in your lives. Perfect Love means perfect forgiveness. Lo, my children, you see that where God is there can be no lack of forgiveness, for that is really lack of love.

    God is Love . . . no judging.
    God is Love . . . no resentment.
    God is Love . . . all patience.
    God is Love . . . all power.
    God is Love . . . all supply.

    All you need to have is love to God and man. Love to God ensures obedience to every wish, every command. Love is the fulfilling of all law.

    Pray much for love.

    “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love;
    and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16

  174. foreverblessed says:

    Oh, how we need Jesus!
    We lay our burdens, our resentment, our judgments, our annoyance, at these Cross!

    And we ask there for Love, peace, patience, Gal 5:22-23

    The big exchange at the Cross!

    Jesus came DOWN,
    from heaven for this hour of the Cross

  175. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you Beloved for thinking about the French.
    I am not for big buildings for churches, but we have them here…
    And they are landmarks, and they are beautiful.
    And old, wood from the 8th century!
    What a history of Christians.

    Last night my husband showed me a video of people singing softly, gathered before the church.
    That touched my heart!

    Ohh, that christians would sing together in unity, praising God, thanking Jesus for the Cross!
    For the New Life we receive from Him

  176. SFDBWV says:

    Ever since Constantine adopted Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity spread across the Empire and soon became the culture of the Empire.

    Nothing I know of has inspired art and literature as much as Christianity has.

    The music Mart has offered in this subject being just one such example of the “Masters”.

    Notre Dame will be rebuilt as it is an important historical landmark of Paris. Sadly there are many more such structures that have already been lost to calamity.

    To the Eastern Orthodox Christian the architecture of its structures are as important to their Faith as any part of their religion aside from Christ Himself.

    In the Western Empire the building of cathedrals were an important part of the city’s economy and took much of a lifetime to construct.

    The “church” being the economic machinery of that time.

    As the French rally around the tragedy of the fire and reconstruction of Notre Dame I hope its principal purpose as being a place of worship to God, in, by and through Jesus of Nazareth the Christ is remembered above the structure itself.

    I suppose in this day and age the cost of the reconstruction will be a mixture of funding from insurance, the church, private contributions and of course the French tax payer.

    31 degrees under a mixture of stars and clouds.

    Steve

  177. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 15, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Viv, if it is OK with you for me to be who I am then I will continue to get to know people. It is not dissecting them as you say, it is simply caring about who people are. I get to know almost everyone I meet because they matter to me. No evil intent that is how you think not me.

    I do not believe there is evil intent but judgemental intent because I do not worship God as you do.

    Your words reflect that you see yourself as the better Christian and I do no dispute that you are because the greatest part of my life I never knew God at all and indeed if it where not for my father’s example I would not have seen my sinfulness and my need of a Saviour.

    I was very much the Pharisee as I was taught to keep God’s laws and believed I knew it all until God used my dad to reveal to me that I was playing Him and not following Him.

    I find that it is a very fine line when it comes to judging others and so it is but for the grace of God that I learned my folly.

    When I remember that the heart is deceitful above all else then I see my need of God in changing it.

    Thinking of Charles Laughton in the Hunchback of Notre Dame in remembering Paris today.

    Love Lifted Me

    I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
    Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
    But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
    From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
    Refrain

    Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
    When nothing else could help
    Love lifted me!

    All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
    In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
    Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
    Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.

    Refrain

    Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
    He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
    He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
    He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

    Refrain

  178. poohpity says:

    Holy Tuesday – On Holy Tuesday, the conspiracies to trap Jesus escalated. Israel’s religious leaders had one goal: to get rid of Jesus of Nazareth. If this meant cooperating with a lifelong enemy, any means would be justified. So the Pharisees—who opposed Rome and its intrusion on the Jewish way of life—and the Herodians, supporters of Herod the Great, joined forces. Even the Sadducees—religious liberals who denied a resurrection, angels, or spirits—attempted to discredit Jesus. Jesus warned the crowds and disciples about the hypocrisy and unbelief of the nation’s religious leaders. Jesus pronounced seven condemnations (“Woes”) addressing the false religion that was abhorrent to God (Matthew 23:13-33).

  179. poohpity says:

    Oh good grief Viv, if you read my words as me thinking I am a better Christian than anyone else you have not read my words very carefully because there is no such thing as one Christian that is better than another. One either is a person seeking and searching after the heart of God or they are not and put others on the pedestal where only God belongs in their life. I know without a doubt that all the ground around the foot of the Cross is equal and those who elevate themselves are not on their face or knees at the foot of that Cross.

    As you have said in the past that God deals with each of us on a individual basis you are right so no one can have a relationship with God like me because no one else is me. Since our faith is a gift from God no one can boast in how much faith they have either and boasting shows they have no faith in the first place only pride. Those who pray for more faith are opening the door to face many struggles and hardship that require depending more on God and less on themselves or other people.

  180. poohpity says:

    “What one sees or reads depends on who they are” from “Discover The Word” last week. That means from our own perspective and thinking not necessarily what another is saying or writing but in how the one reading it or seeing it, is or in other words who they are deep down inside. Looking for good or looking for bad, whether the cup is half full or half empty depends on a person’s own perspective and thinking.

    Just like how one sees this topic or the picture depends on their own perspective. They can see the beauty, ingenuity and majesty or see snakes and question whether Mart had a hidden agenda in posting it. Paul put it this way that people accuse others of the very things they are guilty of themselves.

  181. jeff1 says:

    Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying there is no such thing as one Christian that is better than another considering what Christ’s early followers suffered for the Gospel.

    I would say I have suffered more mentally partially because of my own foolishness in not listening to my dad who knew God better than I, and living, in a violent divided society, than I have for the Gospel.

    I turned to God in desperation and not out of devotion to Him which is perhaps why I see things so differently.

    We are on very different journeys as I see it and looking to God for strength and faith to endure it.

  182. Beloved says:

    I saw that video also Forever. Very moving. I also heard that the purpose of all the paintings, stained glass, statues were to tell the story of Christianity! Monumental indeed! The renovation work has been slowed lately due to lack of donations. Will take an act of God or some very wealthy benefactors to restore it. Cardinal Timothy Dolen said basically what I was thinking, that because of Jesus Christ His church will rise up out of the ashes, always.

  183. Beloved says:

    Touch wood

    I was surprised to hear the structure of the cathedral was made of wood beams. But like the cross the Message will outlast any man-made structure. Being Holy week the tragedy always points to Something Greater!

  184. poohpity says:

    Viv, I also turned to God out of desperation but devotion because of His forgiveness and love is what keeps me coming back to Him in good times and bad, daily. I was homeless with a 6 month old baby and a two year old also was addicted to drugs with no one to turn to but God for help and He did. So I was very very desperate to say the least.

  185. poohpity says:

    That is why I have devoted my life to Him, sharing His message. I shouted from the roof tops what He did for me, now I may have grown less likely to shout from the roof tops but I still quietly share with those God brings into my life. He forgave me for so much and still does that is what makes my love for Him so great. The mercies I am shown everyday for which I am eternally grateful.

    There are others on here however that judge whether one Christian is better than another but I know that is not something I am qualified to do because I can’t see past the mote or beam in my own eye and that is better left in the hands of God who is the perfect Judge and He says, “ALL sin and fall short of the Glory of God” none better than another.

  186. poohpity says:

    The Crown of Thorns that Jesus was crowned with during His Passion was in that cathedral and was saved.

  187. jeff1 says:

    Strangely enough I think it is when I cry out to Him in desperation that I get a reply.

    We were touring in a hired car in Spain with the children and we got lost and spent four hours going up and down back streets and long stretches of road and stopping with Spanish people hoping they could speak English and direct us onto the main motorway.

    I was getting desperate as the time was going on and no one could help us and so I got frantic and started to cry and pray quietly to myself. The children were laughing as they where too young to understand my fears.

    All of a sudden I looked up and we were coming back on to the motorway and could see a sign for the resort we where staying in. This wasn’t the first or the last time I would cry out to God and He would give me direction.

    Yes, you must have been and it is so amazing that God provides.

    We Call On Him

    We call on Him whenever storm clouds gather
    We call on Him to light our darkest day
    Why must it be that only when we’re lonely
    And hopes are dim, we call on Him

    Why don’t we call on Him before we lose our way
    To count our blessings and thank Him while we may

    We call on Him when no one else will answer
    We ask of Him a reason to go on
    When our cup of joy becomes a cup of sorrow
    Filled to the brim, we call on Him

    Why don’t we call on Him before we lose our way
    To count our blessings and thank Him while we may

  188. Beloved says:

    Thinking of bubbles… I hope you are doing better.

  189. foreverblessed says:

    We call on Him…

    This morning I read rhe God calling of April 17, and it makes a deep impression on me.
    So I give it here,
    From joy through a time of despair, to a deeper joy, a joy of knowing Jesus, that He was there all along

    Grom God calling:
    April 17 – The Two Joys

    My children, I come. Hearts eager to do My Will, send out a call that ever I find irresistible. I know no barrier then.

    Resignation to My Will keeps Me barred out from more Hearts than does unbelief. Can anything be such a crime against Love as being resigned? My Will should be welcomed with a glad wonder if I am to do My Work in the heart and life.

    The only resignation that could possibly be acceptable to Me is when Self, ousted by My claims, accepts the inevitable and resigns the throne for Me, leaving My Disciple free to carry out My Will, to welcome My Will gladly, rapturously.

    In all true discipleship, and in the true spiritual development of each disciple, there is first the wonder and the joy of first acquaintance, then comes the long plain stretch of lesson-learning and discipline, when Joy seems so much a thing of the past as never to be recaptured again.

    But the constant experience of Me, the constant persistent recognition of My Work in daily happenings — the ever accumulating weight of evidence in support of My Guidance — the numberless instances in which seeming chance or wonderful coincidence can be, must be, traced back to My loving forethought — all these gradually engender a feeling of wonder, certainty, gratitude, followed in time by Joy.

    Joy is of two kinds. The Joy born of Love and Wonder, and the Joy born of Love and Knowledge, and between the experience of the two Joys lie discipline, disappointment, almost disillusion.

    But combat these in My Strength, or rather cling blindly, helplessly to Me and let Me combat them, persevere in obeying My Will, accept My discipline, and the second Joy will follow .

    And of this second Joy it was that I said, “Your joy no man taketh from you.”

    Do not regret the first, the second is the greater gift.

    “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
    shall know the truth, and the truth shall make your free.” John 8:31, 32

  190. foreverblessed says:

    From God calling April 17

    The Truth: Jesus is the Truth

    Jesus:
    I am who I am

    I am the bread of life
    I am the Light of the world
    I am the Gate
    I am the Good Shepherd
    I am the Resurrection and the Life
    I am the Way and the Truth and the Life
    I am the True Vine

    Ex 3:14, John 6:25,8:12,10:7,11
    John 11:25,14:6,15:1

  191. poohpity says:

    This is the air I breathe
    This is the air I breathe
    Your holy presence living in me

    This is my daily bread
    This is my daily bread
    Your very word spoken to me

    And I I’m desperate for you
    And I I’m lost without you

    This is the air I breathe
    This is the air I breathe
    Your holy presence living in me

    This is my daily bread
    This is my daily bread
    Your very word spoken to me

    And I I’m desperate for you
    And I I’m lost without you
    And I I’m lost without you
    And I I’m desperate for you

  192. poohpity says:

    Holy Wednesday – On Wednesday, Christians remember the day Judas Iscariot first conspired with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus.

  193. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, when it comes to judging others I lived in a society where both sides did it daily. Myself included, because unlike my dad God was the last person on my mind as I was caught up in the injustice of it all and I was just as guilty as the next person when it came to judging.

    Being brought up in a war torn country blame was the game and each side went back into history to throw up to each other just how rotten the other was.

    It took me years and years to finally see that one side was as bad as the other and the reason I was blinded, was because, I took my eyes off God.

    I had stopped seeking the truth because I wanted to believe what fitted in with my beliefs and sadly many today are still blinded because each side wants to believe that they are right when my dad always knew it was God who was right proving he knew God much better than any of us.

    God rewards obedience and I know that because my dad was an example of a mind disciplined to God’s ways which is why he did not take sides but remained on God’s side all through the conflict.

    I make the choice to be on God’s side or I blind myself to God’s ways by not putting him first in my life and having been there I won’t judge others because I have spent more of my life in blindness which is why I believe I have never known God the way my dad did and I believe that is down to discipline being my weakness while it was my dad’s strength.

    I believe that some people judge us out of kindness while others do it out of malice but I don’t worry too much about why another does it but rather examine myself to see if what they say rings true and needs attention.

    I know that there is always room for improvement and if listening to an others judgements brings that about then that is surely a good thing whatever an others motives.

  194. poohpity says:

    Viv, back a few weeks you said to me that people do not like to be corrected and maybe if I stopped I would be received better. I thank you for that admonishment and understood what you were saying and took it to heart. I heard you and have cut back so much even when I read something that is false teaching I say nothing. You did not call me names or accuse me of being the devil for that I respect what you said and am working on that change, again thank you. Yes we all have areas that need improvement.

  195. foreverblessed says:

    Ohhhh
    I just saw a picture of the interior of the Notre Dame.

    Then I thought: lots more light in the church!
    It was a very dark church inside.
    How I hope that they will make a roof of glass!
    Jesus the Light of the world.

    And now in this week of the Passion, news about the crown of thorns of Jesus, goes all around the world.

    …it will produce thorns and thissels for you…
    Gen 3:18

    … the governors’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium..and then wove a crown of thorns and set it on His head…
    Matthew 27:27-31

  196. Beloved says:

    Yes forever good news going around the world, to religious and Christ followers alike! Thanks for the thoughts.

  197. Beloved says:

    It took me years and years to finally see that one side was as bad as the other and the reason I was blinded, was because, I took my eyes off God.

    I like this a lot Viv, I try to remember to envision Christ hanging on the cross and all He suffered for being perfect. We have little to complain about. Blessed Easter to you.

  198. Beloved says:

    Roof of glass! How glorious that would be! Always looking up.. to the risen Christ!

  199. Beloved says:

    Forever have you read The Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence? I highly recommend it for everyone.

  200. street says:

    Touch Wood

    thinking about the truth that God can dwell in human flesh!

    the incarnation

    the ransom

    the resuterction

  201. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Beloved, I sometimes make a mountain out of a molehill because my head sees it that way and then someone comes along and puts it in perspective and I see that it is just me having a bad day.

    Its interesting how the right person can calm you while the wrong person can add to your anxiety.

    Learning to find solace in God these days and its a good feeling.

    A Blessed Easter to you too and to all. Will be trying not to eat too much chocolate eggs as I have a weakness for chocolate.

  202. Beloved says:

    Me too Viv. I just got chocolate but only saved a little for myself then shared the rest at our hymn sing. Yum.

  203. Beloved says:

    Touch wood

    I just read this from Christianity Today:
    The only thing that could harm the carpenter from Nazareth was a tree. Why? Because he who is hanged on a tree is cursed, not he who is stabbed, stoned, or burned. (Note that in Hebrew, the word for gallows and tree is one and the same.)

    Without trees, there is no resurrection, no Good News on Easter morning. The cross is really a tree of life chainsawed down by man’s sin.

    Yet Jesus’ blood caused a dead tree used as a Roman torture instrument to grow into the symbol of life everlasting—the Tree of Life.

    Jesus is the Tree of Life, and one day his followers will eat from the leaves of this tree and be healed

  204. jeff1 says:

    Thank you for sharing, Beloved.

  205. bubbles says:

    Thinking of Mauro and Street. . . haven’t seen them post for a while. Hope they are well.

  206. foreverblessed says:

    Ahh, Jesus, the Tree of Life,
    who hang on a tree,
    to give us Life again

    Thanks Beloved for sharing, April 17,2.30 om

    I’ve got to meditate on that a while.

    Touch Wood….
    That has a deeper meaning to it…

    Some personal notes on Wood:
    When we were able to buy our own house, thanks to God, we could have the flooring of our own desire.
    In the rented homes we had, there were tile floors, stone tiles, and they feel cold. I would wear swedish clogs in the house, wood under your feet, warmth…

    But in our own house we could choose: a wooden floor!
    Maple wood, pieces of 5×20 cm, 1 cm thick. 1 inch is 2,5 cm. So a quarter inch thick.
    And we glued them on the floor, every piece had its own pattern. Our youngest son was 6 at the time, he would go through the pieces and chose the most beautiful ones.

    It makes the room alive, to me that is.
    And the wood is warm to the feet.
    And looking at the floor is still a joy, even after 21 years.
    So I enjoy Gods nature in the house.

    Touch Wood…
    Jesus on the Wood
    Cursed for us ransom

  207. foreverblessed says:

    Good to hear from you Bubbles, didn’t you ask for prayers a few days ago? Do you still need them.

    Beloved, yes, I know brother Lawrence, but do not have his book:
    Practicing the presence of God.
    They call it mysticism. I dont know why.
    I call it: following Jesus, hearing His voice, quieting the physical realm, searching for His presence.

    Every morning
    Every hour
    Every minute

  208. jeff1 says:

    This hymn comes to mind as Easter approaches.

    Our praise we are bringing
    With hearts of thanksgiving.
    With joy and with singing
    We thank You, O Lord!
    Your goodness surrounds us.
    Your power astounds us.
    Our wonder abounds as
    We thank You, O Lord!
    Behind and before us,
    You heal and restore us.
    Your love evermore is
    Our strength and our song.
    Our praise we are bringing
    With hearts of thanksgiving.
    With joy and with singing
    We thank You, O Lord!

    For laughter and living,
    Receiving and giving,
    For love so uplifting,
    We thank You, O Lord!
    So freely You bless us.
    You daily refresh us
    Through people so precious.
    We thank You, O Lord!
    For tenderly caring,
    For guiding and sharing,
    Forgiving, forbearing
    Through all of our needs,
    Our praise we are bringing
    With hearts of thanksgiving.
    With joy and with singing
    We thank You, O Lord!

  209. poohpity says:

    Maundy Thursday – On Maundy Thursday, believers remember the last meal Jesus Christ had with His disciples prior to His arrest and crucifixion. It is often called The Last Supper. First, Jesus predicts what will happen on the next day. Second, Jesus gives His followers symbols of remembrance for His body and His blood sacrificed on behalf of all mankind. ”And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19). Third, Jesus provides a very important principle for living a Christian life: the greatest are those who serve others, not those who expect to be served (Luke 22:26).

    Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane – Then Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54–23:25).

    Jesus endured six trials. Three of the trials were by Jewish leaders and three by the Romans (John 18:12-14, Mark 14:53-65, Mark 15:1-5, Luke 23:6-12, Mark 15:6-15). During this time, Jesus survived painful beating, whipping, and mocking (Mark 15:16-20). Pilate tried to compromise with the religious leaders by having Jesus beaten, but this act didn’t satisfy them, so Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified (Mark 15:6-15). Jesus was mocked by the soldiers as they dressed Him in a purple robe and a crown of thorns (John 19:1-3).

  210. Beloved says:

    Wonderful song Viv, thank you.

  211. Beloved says:

    Forever yes I love wood floors also. I rented an older home once with wood floors, like the kind I grew up with. The wonderful creaking sound I remember well. Almost as though it’s alive. Thinking of the sound of the wood with nails being driven through flesh, like the rocks crying out The Messiah! The Messiah! Thinking of the pain of suffering.

  212. jeff1 says:

    I rejoice because of what Jesus’s suffering accomplished and that is why I can celebrate Easter with hope of a better world to come.

    Be still, my child, be still.
    You are mine. I am yours. I am with you.
    Be still, my child, be still.
    Why your grasping, your wanting, your worry?

    No fear and no pride.
    All you need I provide.
    Be content, and

    Be still, my child, be still.
    Simply rest. You are loved. I am watching.
    Be still, my child, be still.
    I am here. You can sleep. I will hold you.

    No fear by my side.
    All you need I provide.
    Be content, and

    Be still, my child, be still.
    You are mine. I am yours. I am with you.
    Be still.
    Be still.
    Be still.

  213. poohpity says:

    1
    Thank You, Lord, You died for me.
    You took my place upon the tree.
    All my sins were laid on Thee;
    You bore them all away…
    I was just an enemy,
    Lost and sold to sin.
    But You came to shed
    Your blood for me,
    You the One with no sin!

    2Many plotted to kill You,
    Judas he betrayed You.
    Disciples, they forsook You,
    False witnesses were hired.
    Then Peter, he denied You,
    Three times in one night.
    An illegal trial condemned You.
    How we afflicted You!

    3They smote You with their palms,
    And spit into Your precious face.
    Buffeting and mocking,
    They led You away!
    Pilate and Herod
    Sent You back and forth.
    Then the soldiers, they scourged You
    And made a crown of thorns.

    4With a reed, they beat Your head,
    Pressing the thorns much deeper.
    Stripping You, they nailed You
    Up on a cross of wood.
    In front of You, they gambled
    For Your clothes and seamless coat.
    All the people passed, despising You.
    Then God forsook You too!

    5The two thieves on either side,
    As they hung, reviled You.
    Though You were dead, a soldier
    Still would pierce Your side.
    Blood and water poured out,
    Out from Your broken heart.
    That same blood and water saved me!
    Lord, how I love You!

    6When I see the price You paid,
    You chose to pay my every debt!
    Willingly, You bore such shame
    And tasted death for me!
    How could I ever love the world
    That crucified You, dear One?
    I am not my own, bought with a price.
    I give myself to You!

  214. street says:

    touching wood
    thinking new thought…i know Jesus died to redeem sinners from sin….this season i am confronted with the truth that Jesus was punished, or took the punishment due me. i never looked at that way before, a death and a punishment. i never connected His stripes a my stripes. then thinking of Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:

    sure we suffer the modalities of the fall, but not the punishment we deserved. may you be complete and mature in Christ this season and the next. love joy peace come in the morning. blessed are those who morn they shall be comforted. may your joy be complete this Easter

  215. jeff1 says:

    I Cannot See The Light My Lord

    I cannot see the light, my Lord;
    I only feel the fear;
    And yet I know that You are God
    When nothing else is clear.

    I have no strength to lift myself,
    But Lord, I lift my need.
    I spread before You all my fears.
    Come take my hand and lead.

    When all my joys have turned to pain
    And hopes have fallen through,
    I raise my eyes and fix my heart:
    My only hope is You.

    My God, my God, my hope, my joy,
    You’re with me in this place!
    So in Your presence, in Your peace,
    I trust, rejoice, and wait.

  216. street says:

    I Cannot See The Light My Lord

    a plea in the darkness,

    a plea of true poverty,

    rich in faith,

    rich in hope,

    a hope that doesn’t disappoint,

    for God is mighty to save,

    your Redeemer lives.

    thinking of Job again

  217. street says:

    Thinking of the pain of suffering.

    thinking of the steadfast love of God that upholds Righteousness and Justice for sinners. revealing Himself in unexpected ways. the earth is truly filled with the Glory of God!

    Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

    thinking of the difficulty of Righteous Job coming into the presents of God and the road he had to take.

  218. street says:

    My God, my God, my hope, my joy,
    You’re with me in this place!
    So in Your presence, in Your peace,
    I trust, rejoice, and wait.

    Colossians 3:2
    Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

    Colossians 3:1
    Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

    thinking of the difficulty of being Christ centered.
    seeking justice, loving mercy, walking humbly.
    the righteous shall live by faith.

  219. poohpity says:

    Good Friday – Jesus was crucified on Golgatha, which means the Place of the Skull (Mark 15:22) The sky turned dark for three hours (Mark 15:33). Jesus cried, “Father! Into your hands I commit my spirit!” and He died (Luke 23:46). The disciple Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” The blood of Jesus Christ is absolutely the most precious thing God has offered us.

  220. bubbles says:

    Forever, hello. No, not asking for prayer. Only sharing about and being thankful for God’s protection. Thank you.

    Happy Easter

  221. poohpity says:

    For those who are not honest with themselves about sin in their lives this day may not mean very much to them but for those who are aware of sin in their own lives this day means so very much to them. The final sacrifice has been paid and it is finished, forgiveness for past, present and future sin is covered by the blood of that perfect lamb. What love, mercy, grace and compassion was demonstrated in that final act of severe suffering for all mankind. He did not have to do it but did it anyway because of the desire to have a relationship with His own creation even those who may never believe in God forgiveness and a relationship was offered to everyone.

    Jesus was born to die so that we may live with Him for eternity. To give meaning and substance to this brief life now and a choice to live another way besides what the world has to offer of trivial pursuits that are here today yet gone tomorrow.

    A day of darkness, mourning and self reflection. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.

  222. poohpity says:

    How Can It Be
    Lauren Daigle

    I am guilty
    Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become
    These hands are dirty
    I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

    You plead my cause
    You right my wrongs
    You break my chains
    You overcome
    You gave Your life
    To give me mine
    You say that I am free
    How can it be
    How can it be

    I’ve been hiding
    Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
    That You still love me
    But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

    You plead my cause
    You right my wrongs
    You break my chains
    You overcome
    You gave Your life
    To give me mine
    You say that I am free
    How can it be
    How can it be

    Though I fall, You can make me new
    From this death I will rise with You
    Oh the grace reaching out for me
    How can it be
    How…

  223. Beloved says:

    When all my joys have turned to pain
    And hopes have fallen through,
    I raise my eyes and fix my heart:
    My only hope is You.

    No greater hope or joy than that Jesus lay down His life for me, being in pain and hopeless because of sin.

  224. Beloved says:

    Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

  225. SFDBWV says:

    When I was a youngster I always expected something spectacular to occur every Good Friday, as well as Easter and Christmas, but since today is “Good Friday” I will speak of that today.

    It always seemed that a thunderstorm would appear every Good Friday afternoon and I always took that in as something special as well.

    There is always a great deal of attention given to the savage beating and death by crucifixion given to Jesus, and it should as it was a horrible death for someone who only gave to all who ask, and ask nothing for Himself but our love in return.

    I am still reminded that when John seen the Lamb of God in Revelation, He was as slain.

    I am still not sure we, at this place in our lives, are capable of fully understanding just exactly what is involved in the price Jesus has and is paying for our salvation.

    I will meditate on this today and remember that whatever suffering I may think I am enduring is nothing in comparison to others and especially to Him.

    Thank you Lord for today.

    Steve

  226. Beloved says:

    Keep loving and praying for your unbelieving neighbors and friends! A neighbor knocked on my door yesterday and said to me ” I was out shopping and saw this plaque and thought of you so bought for you”. The plaque says *No bunny loves you like Jesus*. I was ecstatic and praising God that Light is slowly entering her heart and mind. Oh thank you Jesus! He is risen!

  227. foreverblessed says:

    Oh, what a good story, Beloved! Good encouragement to keep on praying for others, neighbors, fellow volksverzekeringen!

    The moon came up, big and round!
    Today is one of those rare days that Passover, Nissan 14, and Good Friday, is on the same day!

    We already had our Good Friday remembrance at Church.

    The seven wonders of the Cross
    ( Wilkin van der Kamp)
    7 times Jesus was bleeding for us!

    As Steve said, we might not understand the deep signigicance Jesus did for us.
    But that it is deep, and that it is sufficient!

    May we believe in the Cross, more and more.

    Especially this week, when the crown of thorns was rescued out of a burning Notre Dame,
    Jesus was wearing the crown of thorns, and bleeding because of it,
    So that even the curse of our sins a
    is taken away!
    The Cross is all-sufficient
    Even the conswgquences of our sins are taken away!
    Maybe not yet, but they will be!

    One of the Seven wonders of the Cross.

    If you do a search for:
    ” Seven wonders of the Cross”
    You will find a youtube video, in english.

    Very good to ponder about!
    The Seven bleedings of Jesus, like the high priest had to sprinkle blood, 7 times in the holy of holies, Leviticus 16:15
    Why did He have to suffer that much, if it had no purpose?

    It all had a meaning, and a miracle working!

  228. jeff1 says:

    Such a lovely story Beloved thanks for sharing.

  229. foreverblessed says:

    Sprinkling of the blood seven times:

    The scripture reference should have been
    Leviticus 16:14
    “… then he shall sprinkle some of it ( the blood) without his finger seven times before the atonement cover.”

    Lev 16:18

    May you all have a blessed ” stille zaterdag”
    Still Saturday

    The day where the disciples were at a loss, where was their Master…
    Song of songs 3:1-3, Song of songs 5:6-8

    Bach has also a beautiful song about that:
    Mattheus Passion first song of the second part:
    Alt Aria 36
    Ach, nun ist mein Jesus hin
    ( Ahh, now is my Jesus gone)
    And then the choir joins her:
    Wo ist dein Freund hingegangen, o du Schonste unter den weibern.

    Where has your lover gone, most beautiful of wonen?
    Song of songs 6:1

  230. foreverblessed says:

    Where has your lover gone,
    most beautiful of women?
    Song of Solomon 6:1

    Talking about us, the Church, the Bride
    On quiet Saturday

  231. jeff1 says:

    If That Isn’t Love

    He left the splendor of heaven
    Knowing His destiny
    Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
    There to lay down His life for me

    And if that isn’t love
    Then the ocean is dry
    There’s no stars in the sky
    And the little sparrows can’t fly
    Yeah if that isn’t love
    Then heaven’s a myth
    There’s no feeling like this
    If that isn’t love

    Even in death He remembered
    The thief hanging by His side
    Then he spoke of love and compassion
    And He took him to paradise

    And if that isn’t love
    Then the ocean is dry
    There’s no stars in the sky
    And the little sparrows can’t fly
    Yeah if that isn’t love
    Then heaven’s a myth
    There’s no feeling like this
    If that isn’t love It’s got to be love

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