Posted by: happytoknowhim | August 22, 2008

A New Church Start

We are looking forward to Hinton Baptist Church grand opening September 7th to 10th with Pastor Shane Davis.  A lot of the people from our church will be going to help and be an encouragement to Bro. Shane and Kristy.   We are and have been praying for this work for over a year and are expecting God to do great things in this community.  Pastor Shane and Kristy have a heart to serve the Lord.  They have been a real blessing and help as they served this past year at Victory Baptist Church, we will truly miss them.

I will close this post with one of my favourite verses  “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

I trust you are all enjoying the summer:)  Until next time – keep looking to Him.

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Posted by: happytoknowhim | August 1, 2008

TRUST

I thought this was an encouraging article that was written by a young person, so I just want to pass it on that it might encourage you.  Have a great day!

 

Trust.

AJ

   Perhaps one of the hardest things to do in a person’s walk with God is to trust God. No matter what our problems are, God wants to hear about them. Better yet, God is more than willing to take your problems off your hands. Now that does not mean they will just disappear, but it does mean you don’t have to worry about them.

   Trusting God completely is a constant struggle to maintain. It involves giving all things in your life over to Him. From the tiniest pet peeve, to your biggest fear, God wants to take care of them for you. The reward for trusting God is peace. God’s peace is far more abundant to those who are actively involving Him in all aspects of life. Peace does not mean you will have no problems. God’s peace means a quietness of spirit, a calmness and a trust in the Lord to take care of you no matter what the circumstances. To gain God’s peace all we need to do is trust, and trusting includes ‘casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’ (1 Peter 5:7)

 

   No matter what the day may bring,

   No matter what my trials are,

   No matter why I cannot sing,

   My Saviour cares for me!

  

   He cares, no matter what my sorrow,

   He cares, no matter what my fear,

   He cares for me, and this I know,

   My trust is in my Lord!

 

Posted by: happytoknowhim | June 28, 2008

II Samuel 7-11

I just have a few thoughts to share from my reading this week that have helped me to understand David’s sin with Bathsheba.  I think there is a lesson for each one of us in this passage of Scripture.

I believe these are at least nine things that could have prevented this sin of David’s in chapter 11.

1.  v.1  David tarried — His men had gone to battle, he should have gone with them.

2.  v. 2   David looked on Bathsheba.   Bathsheba was not careful where she bathed. Ladies I think this is a   warning to us that we be careful how we conduct ourselves that we don’t cause a brother to fall.

3.  v. 3    David lusted – he was not content with the wives he had.  If we are not content with the things      God has given us,  we can also lust after things that are not good for us.  God knows better than we  what is best for us.

4.   v. 4    David committed adultry – he coveted another man’s wife. Bathsheba assisted David.  The Bible     doesn’t give any indication that she protested or tried to refuse David’s request to come to him.

5.   v. 5      David is told that Bathshebaa is with child.  Numbers 32:23 “…be sure your sin will find you out”

6.    v. 8    David makes a plan to cover his sin – he calls Uriah from the battle and encourages him to        spend the night with his wife.

7.  v. 9      David’s plan fails – Uriah does not go to his wife, but sleeps at the door of David’s house.

8.  v. 15    David devises another plan – he demands that Joab place Uriah in the midst of the battle where he would for sure be killed.

9.  v.24    David is guilty of murder- one sin led to another.  All because David tarried when he should have gone with his men, looked on another woman, lusted fot what was not his, and committed adultry with another man’s wife, tried to cover his sin, he finally ended up committing murder. This is a very sad account in the life of a man after God’s own heart. 

A lesson for me in all of this is not to think that I can entertain sin and not get into deep trouble.  Proverbs 6:27 “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”   It also shows me that there is no sin that I can commit that God is not able to forgive when I come to Him in sincere repentance and ask His forgivness.  1John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Well that is all I have for this review.  I am looking forward to reading more reviews.

Until next time – keep looking to Him!!!  He alone is worthy to be praised.

Posted by: happytoknowhim | June 14, 2008

“Just Like His Dad” Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s

“Just Like His Dad”

“And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD” —I Kings 22:43_

“Well, what are you going to be, my boy, When you have reached manhood’s years—A doctor, a lawyer, or actor great,

Moving throngs to laughter and tears?” But he shook his head, as he gave reply

In a serious way he had,

“I don’t think I’d care to be any of them; I want to be like my dad!”

 

He wants to be like his dad! You men,

Did you ever think, as you pause,

That the boy who watches your every move

Is building a set of laws?

He’s molding a life you’re the model for,

And whether it’s good or bad

Depends on the kind of example set

To the boy who’d be like his dad.

It’s a job that none but yourself can fill;

It’s a charge you must answer for;
It’s a duty to show him the road to tread

Ere he reaches his manhood’s door.

It’s a debt you owe for the greatest joy

On this old earth to be had

This pleasure of having a boy to raise

Who wants to be like his dad!

—Anonymous


HERITAGE: Something worth passing on.

Posted by: happytoknowhim | June 7, 2008

Satan’s Devices

This was shared with me, so I thought I would share it with each of you that are reading my blog.  Do we as Christians fall into this trap?

 

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.
In his opening address he said,

‘We can’t keep Christians from going to church.’

‘We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.’

‘We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their saviour.’
‘Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.’
‘So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ..’

‘This is what I want you to do,’ said the devil:

‘Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!’

‘How shall we do this?’ his demons shouted.

‘Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,’ he answered.
‘Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.’
‘Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.’
‘Keep them from spending time with their children and husbands.’
‘As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!’
‘Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.’

‘Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.’ To keep the TV , VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.’


‘This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.’
‘Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.’

‘Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day and  soapies.’  ‘Invade their driving moments with billboards.’

‘Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes..’ ‘Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. ‘

‘Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.’

 ‘Give them headaches too! ‘

‘If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.’

‘That will fragment their families quickly!’

‘Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas.’
‘Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.’
‘Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.’

‘Have them return from their recreation exhausted.’
‘Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.’

‘Keep them busy, busy, busy!’

‘And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.’
‘Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.’
‘Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.’
‘It will work!’
‘It will work!’

It was quite a plan!

The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there.
Having little time for their God or their families.
Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

 I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes? ????

You be the judge!!!!!
Does ‘BUSY’ mean:

B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?

Posted by: happytoknowhim | May 24, 2008

I Samuel 17-20

This is just going to be a short review as there are so many things on the go right now and time is limited.

I have enjoyed reading through ! Samuel, even though there are so many well known accounts in this book, I find there is always something I have missed.  I thank God that His Word is the “living Word of God” it is never dull, each time I read it I find so many things that I have missed.

I am just going to share something about the well known account of David and Goliath.  I don’t believe that David was looking to be noticed when he said that he would fight the giant, he was concerned that there was no faith among the people that God was the one that would win the battle for them.  David said in chapter 17:29, “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” when his brother accused him of just wanting to see the battle.  David had already seen the power of God on his life while he was keeping his fathers sheep.  David could not believe that no one had challenged this giant who had defied the living God.  Saul thought that David was too young and not strong enough to go up against this giant, but David knew that it did not depend on him but his God.

Saul gave David amour but David knew that he had not tested this armour so he did not use it, but used what he knew had worked in the past.  It has been said in a commentary that this should be a lesson to us that we should not be trying to be something we are not.  God has not given us all the same abilities,  some of us can speak well, some of us can write well, some of us can sing well, I think you get my point.  We should all use the talents that God has given us and use them for His glory.  This is a quote from J. Vernon McGee “Too many people are trying to use a sword when the slingshot is really more their size”.  I like that quote and it would be well for me to remember it.

David choose five smooth stones to kill the giant.  I have heard some say that he thought he might miss and so had the extra stones but I believe the answer to why he chose five stones is found in II Samuel 21:22 “These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants“. David was making sure that the job was complete.  I don’t believe that not killing Goliath with one stone ever entered his mind, he knew the battle was the Lord’s.  I am looking for the day that I will totally trust God and not try to fix difficult situations on my own (by the way I only make things more difficult most times).  I need to continually trust the Lord, He knows whats best for me.

Well this is my review for this time, short as it is:)  Blogging for me may be even less than it is now as we are heading into a very busy summer.  I will continue with the reading though, I have found BRF so rewarding since i have been involved and have enjoyed reading each review– so much to learn!  If any ladies are looking for a challenge and want to join us, that would be wonderful.

Until next time — keep looking up and give God the glory in all that you do for Him:):)

Posted by: happytoknowhim | May 3, 2008

I Samuel 1-6

Hannah is one of my most loved and admired women of the Bible.  As a mom myself, I cannot imagine  the agony she was going through as she desired to have a child.  It appears that Peninnah did not make it any easier for her.  A little side note– do you think maybe that is a good reason for a man to have only one wife as God ordained?  Hannah handled the problem she had with Peninnah in the right way, she took it to the Lord.  She had the confidence in God that He would take care of it.  Hannah wanted a child so much that it says in 1:11 “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.”   Can you imagine having a child and then when he is old enough to be weaned to let him be raised by someone else?  The Bible talks about the depth and urgency of Hannah’s prayer to the Lord.  I wonder if I had that kind of a prayer life, if I might see more answer to my prayers, especially the salvation of my unsaved children and friends.  I know that this is an area of my life that I am in need of work and the prayers of others for me.

In chapter 2:1-2 Hannah is rejoicing in the Lord’s goodness. I want to be more like Hannah. I see God’s goodness, mercy and grace poured out upon me daily.  I am many times overwhelmed by all the blessings that the Lord  has showered me with and I am ashamed of the little that I really do to further His work.  I am so happy that God still brings conviction to my heart and doesn’t just let me go my own way. 

2:3-9 It shows that God does all things well.  He takes care of those that are his and punishes those that offend His own.  Their is nothing hid from Him.  He is a holy and just Heavenly Father 2:20- 21 goes to show that God can not be out given“And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home. And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.”  Hannah’s sacrifice in lending Samuel to the Lord did not go unrewarded by the Lord.

In contrast to Hannah and her love and obedience to the Lord, Eli is not a good example for parents to follow.  Eli’s sons brought great shame and grief to their father.  Chapter 2.12 says,“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD”.  The Bible says in chapter 3:12-13, “In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not”.  God does not take lightly the task He has given to parents.  He will hold us responsible for their actions.  Eli’s sons were grown men and God held Eli responsiblefor their actions.  He has given the guidelines in His Word for training our children, and I believe prayer for them must begin even before they are born, I only regret that I did not do this,  certainly training must begin early Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.  The things that Eli’s sons were doing were causing the people to sin chapter 2:24 says,“Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’S people to transgress”.   God held Eli responsible for this.  It is important how we raise our children, we never know who is being influenced by the way we raise our children and live our lives, we will either be a good influence or a bad influence, but it is sure we will have an influence, we are not an island unto ourselves.

I hope this makes some kind of sense as I felt that I was going in circles at times.  I am looking forward to reading other reviews and gleaning what I can from each of you.

This is the end of my review for this week it is getting late and time to say good-nite:):)

Until next time – keep smiling:):)

 

Posted by: happytoknowhim | April 24, 2008

Jude

I am writing this post a day early as it is a busy week-end ahead.  I am totally amazed at the depth of this little book of 25 verses.  It may be little but it is powerful in instruction, warning and hope for us.  We have been going through this book verse by verse in our adult Sunday School.  Pastor Davis has been faithful to share the truth of God’s Word in every class with us.  I truly appreciate him.

I am going to share some things that stood out to me as I read this week.  I find that most of this book is negative and only a few verses are encouraging. I am so thankful for verses 24and 25 to end this book .  It reminds me how important my testimony is before others to be earnestly contending for the faith

Jude says in in verse 1that we (believers) are ” to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”   The Bible tells me in John 10:28 that when Jesus saves me that I have eternal life, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”.  Praise the Lord that His Word never fails and what He says He will do, He does.  I can rest assured in His promises.  It is none of me and all of Him. I must share my faith of the truth of God’s Word with those that do not know Christ as Saviour.  We are exhorted  to earnestly contend for the faith”.  I need to be bold and stand up for things that are wrong. 

Jude gives a warning in v. 4 to be aware of apostates that are creepiong into our midst.  We are told that they come in looking and talking as a Christian.  They come with the intention of casting doubt on God’s Word, they portray themselves as loving our Lord but are undermining His truth.  It has been said that 95% truth and 5 % poison is deadly.  I need to know God’s Word and not be fooled by the 5% poison.  I pray that God will show me when error is being taught and to search the Scriptures daily as did the Christians in Acts 17:11, “and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”. God’s Wordin my roadmap, I need to be reading and studying it so that I will know the truth so well that I am not taken in by false doctrine.  I know that this can only happen by being diligent and obeying the things of the Lord.  These false teachers that are creeping in are “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities”. verse 8.  These are rebelling against the truth of the Word of God and they don’t want to be by themseslves but they want company.  I trust that I will not be foolish enough to question God or His Word.

 Jude tells me not to be so bold as to think that I can fight this spiritual battle on my own.  Michael the archangel left Satan to Almighty God to deal with, and he was more powerful that I am.  I have no ability to fight against the devil, I must leave him to my Lord to fight this battle.  I think sometimes that I forget that the enemy (Satan) is present because I don’t see him with my eyes.  God help me to be on guard all the time.

Verse 13 tells me of the deception of false teachers.  They appear to be godly but in truth are liars and deceptors; always telling of a better way.  I am reminded of a river that looks so peaceful and calm.  It does not appear to be dangerous but you cannot see the undertow and as you step into the water it you are in danger.  Even a strong swimmer many times cannot swim against these undertows and lose their lives.  We cannot be deceived by what appears to be good but trust the Word of God.  He has all the answers for everything that we need in our lives.  

The Word of God tells me so many times that there will be false teachers and mockers that will come in the last days  and that I should be aware and on guard all the time. 

In verse 22,  I am told to have compassion and to make a difference to those aroound me.  I pray that my actions and attitudes will make a difference to those that I come in contact with each day.  I want to be an encouragement to my sisters and brothers in Christ and a  godly influence to those that don’t yet know Christ as their personal Saviour.

I am so happy that Jude ends theis book on an encouraging and promising note.  Verses24 and 25say, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”  What a wonderful promise. To God be the glory for He alone is worthy.  What a wonderful and awesome God I serve!!

This book has been a real challenge to me and shown me many things that I need to be aware of as I travel through this life.  It is a blessing to know that it will all be over someday and that I will be safely home with my Saviour.  What a day that will be.

I am looking for the next portion for our weekly reading and the reviews on Jude. Until next time, keep looking to Him.

Posted by: happytoknowhim | April 12, 2008

Romans 14-16

Shock!! Shock!! I might finally get a review done on time.  I have been challenged, convicted and encouraged from reading the Book of Romans.  I know that there are many more lessons to be learned and i cannot begin to list all that I have found so far.

Although I have heard sermons and Bible studies on Christian liberty, I have not really learned to use my Christian liberty with others in mind.   It is so easy to be critical of how others do things.  God says that we are not to  judge others in the diet they choose, or the days they choose to observe.   Everyone of us has to make the decision for the things that are done.  We must be convinced that it is not wrong to do in our own mind.  We are always to be pleasing and giving thanks to God for everything.   Chapter 14:7, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself”,  is a verse that reminds me that anything I do not only affects me but those that are around me.  Paul tells us that we are not  to cause a weaker brother (sister) to stumble.  I wonder how many times I have carelessly hindered the spiritual growth of another by exercising my “Christian liberty”.  What I am doing  may not be wrong, but if it causes my brother or sister  to stumble it is. We are not all at the same level of spiritual maturity.  I trust that someone will care enough about me to tell me when I am hindering another Christian in their walk with the Lord by my actions or attitude.  The Bible tells us that  “..  every one of us shall give account of himself to God”   verse 14.

Paul finishes off this book with a warning to us.  Chapter 16:17-19 says,  “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”   I believe we need to know God’s Word so well that we will not be deceived if a friendly and smooth talker should come into our midst and speak anything that does not line up with His Word.  It is sad to see churches torn apart, and I am positive does not please our Lord, because of man’s opinion and not the Word of God.  This is a really good reason to get involved with Book Review Friday.  We all need to be held accountable to read God’s Word.  It has been a blessing to me as well as an encouragement since Shannon started BRF.  I am sorry to say that I would not be as steadfast in reading the chosen chapters everyday for a week without BRF.  Thank you Shannon for your steadfastness.

This is all I have time for now.  I feel like I have just rambled on and not made much sense. Now I am looking forward to reading other reviews.  I am looking forward to the next book to read.

Until next time, keep smiling:-):-)

 
 

Posted by: happytoknowhim | April 9, 2008

I Promise You

I read this in the daily devotional I get from Paul Chappell and I thought I would share it with my friends.  I hope it encourages you today.  We have a trustworthy God to serve!!

 

As long as we are faithful to God, He promises to bless us! Psalm 77:8 says, “Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?” God’s promises never fail. When God promises you something, He will follow through on it. Here are just a few of the promises God has made to you in the Bible:

 

His presence—”I will never leave thee” (Hebrews 13:5)

His protection—”I am thy shield” (Genesis 15:1)

His power—”I will strengthen thee” (Isaiah 41:10)

His provision—”I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:10)

His leading—”He goeth before them” (John 10:4) 

His rest—”Come unto Me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)

His forgiveness—”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9)

His goodness—”No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11)

His faithfulness—”The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake” (1 Samuel 12:22)

His guidance—”The meek will He guide” (Psalm 25:9)

His wise plan—”All things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28)

 

God has given you so many promises! Are you claiming His promises in your life? Do you trust Him when He promises to provide for you? God is not slack concerning His promises. As long as you are being faithful to Him and obeying Him, He promises to bless you! When you need God’s help in your life, look for His promise in the Bible and claim it in your life. He’s promised you; so trust Him!

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