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By Wally Fry

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Bible Verses about Seasons

Thanks, Heather for another edifying collection of Bible verses!

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • Genesis 1:14 CSB
    Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years.
  • Genesis 8:22 CSB
    As long as the earth endures,
    seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
    summer and winter, and day and night
    will not cease.”
  • Deuteronomy 11:14 ESV
    (A promise to Israel)
     He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.
  • Psalm 1:3 ESV
    He is like a tree
        planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season,
        and its leaf does not wither.
    In all that he does, he prospers.
  • Psalm  74:17 CSB
    You set all the boundaries of the earth;
    you made summer and winter.
  • Psalm  104:19 ESV
    He…

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Follow Me! God Calls a Young Prophet

1 Samuel 3

God has a call for all of us. In God’s plan, we all have a place and are part of that plan. It’s important to realize that things never surprise God; He either directs or allows to happen every single event which occurs. The call of Samuel the prophet is no different. God called him before he was even born!

If we go back to 1 Samuel 1 we can read the story of Samuel’s mother Hannah, and her encounter with the priest Eli. Hannah was childless and barren, and prayed so intently that Eli thought she must have been drunk. An aside here, but do we actually pray fervently enough that people think something is wrong with us? His mother prayed this:

“And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.” 1 Samuel 1:11

God listened, Hannah gave birth to Samuel, and just as she promised she gave and dedicated him to the service of the Lord; this is how young Samuel came to him with Eli at the time of our story. Likely, Samuel was a young teen at the time our events take place. Unfortunately, Eli had family issues, and these are important later. It would have been normal for Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phenehas, to have inherited Eli’s place in the priesthood. They, however, had issues. Read about them here. These young men had forfeited their place in God’s work.

So, our story recommences in 1 Samuel Chapter 3. Eli the priest was back on duty at the Temple, and this time the young Samuel was along. Both had retired for the evening, when God spoke to Samuel. Samuel, not understanding what was going on, ran to Eli to respond to the request he thought came from his mentor and teacher.

Finally, after 4 calls form the Lord, Samuel answered God’s call. Why four?

Well, for one thing, God speaking to the people had become rare in those days. The time of the judges was a rough spot for God’s chosen people, and prophecy was rare. “And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” 1 Samuel 3:1.

For another thing, Samuel did not yet know the Lord. This may be part of the above confusion, but we see, “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.” 1 Samuel 3:7. Most likely it indicates that, even though Samuel certainly knew of God, at this point he did not KNOW God in a personal way.

Some takeaways from this story:

Samuel was ready and willing. Even though he did not yet know the Lord in a personal way, he was receptive and ready for the message. His instant response when he thought it was Eli calling shows this.

Samuel had to know the Lord personally before anything else made sense. Friends, our brains can know everything there is to know about Jesus, but if our hearts are not made right by our repentance, faith and regeneration then it is nothing but a bunch of facts. Facts won’t save us.

Finally, Samuel was ready to do whatever he was commanded to do. The first thing Samuel was asked to do was tell his mentor Eli all about himself. He had to give his teacher the prophecy regarding what was to happen to Eli’s family because of their misdeeds. That must have been hard, but Samuel was willing.

Jesus is calling us each. Are we owners of a mind and heart open to the Gospel? Are we willing to turn to Him and have a personal relationship with Him? Once we have, are we willing to do whatever He asks, even if it seems difficult?

 

 

Hey Grandpa!!! What’s for Supper???

It’s been a minute since I did one of these.

Chicken, fried okra, turnip greens and a slice of onion. Seriously, what could be more perfect? Besides a juicy ribeye, at least. 

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Yum!!! Yum!!!

“The Secret Garden”

IB, this is so true, and such an encouraging thing. That is why “In the Garden,” is a favorite of mine. Here it is, sung by a favorite of mine. Great post, thanks so much.

https://youtu.be/-NH_is7VuCI

See, there's this thing called biology...

Anybody ever read that tale, “The Secret Garden,” by Francis Hodgson Burnett? It’s one of my favorites. The other day I watched a visually stunning movie, telling the story in all its gloomy Victorian, gothic wonder.

For a plot spoiler, our heroine is the neglected child of some wealthy parents in India. She is orphaned and sent to live in England on the edge of a remote moor, in a strange and lonely household, marked by nothing but tragedy and suffering.  There she discovers the secret garden and her cousin Colin who is an invalid, but he is an invalid because he has been told he is one. His mother died in child birth, he barely survived himself, so those around him have wrapped him in so much fear, guilt, and shame, that he has been crippled by all their perceptions and projections.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, restores the secret…

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VerseD: Psalm 121:1

Short, sweet and to the point. Thanks Daniel for the lesson.

a simple man of God

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
Psalm 121:1, ESV

In a world worried and complaining about all of the problems, we must remember God is in control and can help us.

And we can tell everyone else from where our hope comes.

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The Joshua Harris Fallout: The War Everyone’s Forgetting (Or Never Saw)

Great post, Brandon. It’s just a real thing that any of us, at any time, can be tempted into thinking that life without our faith would be more peaceful. It may even seem that way just looking at the surface. We just have to remember where our eternal peace comes from, and not exchange it for false peace.

Brandon J. Adams

Few days of history compare to the last day of the World Wars. Millions danced in streets across the globe.

But those scenes seem far removed from today.

“Why continue torturing myself? Why not just forget God and get on with life, like most of the rest of the world? Instantly I felt a sense of relief and freedom, like I had just passed a final exam … I picked up my Bible and a couple other Christian books and walked downstairs and out the back door. I shut the door softly behind me, so as not to wake anyone. In the backyard was a brick barbecue grill, and I piled the books on it, sprayed them with lighter fluid, and struck a match. … at last I had peace. A great weight had lifted. I had been honest with myself. Any pretense was gone, and I no longer felt…

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What Do I See When I Look Back At Me?

I have said many times that while I don’t write it, that I like good poetry. Here is a great one from an unexpected source. Thanks, Bruce!

Reasoned Cases for Christ

Inward

I’m not really one for poetry, but this seemed to just flow from within today,
so I’m sharing!

What do I see when I look back at me?
Nothing to cheer about, no reason for glee,
Selfish decisions, to many to count,
Looking but not finding, what life is about.

Outbursts of anger and feelings of pain,
No understanding and too much disdain.
Wanting and not having, feeling empty within,
Not comprehending the turmoil I spin.

Using and taking, without any care,
My only concerns are the needs that I bear.
Looking for insight, searching for light,
Finding more darkness, because of my sight.

Ask God for direction, to show me the way,
He puts grace in motion that very same day.
The journey is longer, much more than I thought,
My problems much darker, the luggage I brought.

Not understanding, I fight to maintain,
Thinking my will fits in…

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Just Had to Share . . . Welcome to My World!

Bruce, obviously you are stalking me and know what my day is like!

Reasoned Cases for Christ

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