Sunday, March 27, 2016

Risen and Coming Again

Christ Is Risen!

He Is
Coming Again 
In The Power of Love!

Today when you hear his voice harden not your heart, but open your heart, confess Him as your Savior and Lord, and be reconciled to God! 

Get into a church that preaches the goodness of Jesus Christ, teaching His Word, and has a supportive fellowship of believers. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe.

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.
To the Chief Musician.
A Psalm of David.
A Song.
PSALM 68 

Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered; Let those who hate Him flee before Him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God.

3 But let the righteous be glad; let them be in good spirits before God, Yes, let them rejoice with delight.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the desert— His name is the Lord—be in good spirits before Him.

5 A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

6 God makes a home for the lonely; He leads the prisoners into prosperity, Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land.

7 O God, when You went out before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.

8 The earth trembled; The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9 You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary.

10 Your flock found a dwelling place in it; O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor.

11 The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan]; The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army);

12 “The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee, And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].”

13 When you lie down [to rest] among the [a]sheepfolds, You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver, Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy].

14 When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan, It was snowing on [b]Zalmon.

15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A [high] mountain of many summits is Mount Bashan [rising east of the Jordan].

16 Why do you look with envy, mountains with many peaks, At the mountain [of the city of Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place? Yes, the Lord will dwell there forever.

17 The chariots of God are [c]myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as He was at Sinai, in holiness.

18 You have ascended on high, You have led away captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day, The God who is our salvation! Selah.

20 God is to us a God of acts of salvation; And to God[d] the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free].

21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways.

22 The Lord said, “I will bring your enemies back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea,

23 That your foot may crush them in blood, That the tongue of your dogs may have its share from your enemies.”

24 They have seen Your [solemn] [e]procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness].

25 The singers go in front, the players of instruments last; Between them the maidens playing on tambourines.

26 Bless God in the congregations, [give thanks, gratefully praise Him], The Lord, you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel.

27 The youngest is there, Benjamin, ruling them, The princes of Judah and their company [the southern tribes], The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali [the northern tribes].

28 Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation]; Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf.

29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem [Pagan] kings will bring gifts to You [out of respect].

30 Rebuke the beasts [living] among the reeds [in Egypt], The herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; Trampling underfoot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.

31 Princes and envoys shall come from Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God.

32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.

33 To Him who rides in the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, Behold, He sends out His voice, a mighty and majestic voice.

34 Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies.

35 O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary; The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!

Footnotes:
Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddlebags.
Psalm 68:14 I.e. a dark, wooded hill near Shechem.
Psalm 68:17 Lit multiples of ten thousand.
Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), usually rendered Lord.
Psalm 68:24 A reference to the procession bringing the ark of the covenant to Mt. Zion.

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2016 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Comet P/ 2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)

I got to see comet 2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) sweeping past our planet early this morning about 4:20am on the right side of the moon as I was facing southwest. Very cool to observe! My brother would have had his telescope out for sure. TYR!

  

Comet 252P/LINEAR is safely flying past Earth on March 21, 2016, at a range of about 3.3 million miles (5.2 million kilometers). On March 22, comet P/2016 BA14 safely sweeps past by our planet at a distance of about 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers). Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord [and understand the importance of obedience and worship], we persuade people [to be reconciled to Him]. But we are plainly known to God [He knows everything about us]; and I hope that we are plainly known also in your consciences [your God-given discernment].

12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are giving you an occasion to be [rightfully] proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in [outward] appearances [the virtues they pretend to have] rather than what is [actually] in heart. 13 If we are out of our mind [just unstable fanatics as some critics say], it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit.

14 For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died;15 and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way.

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].

20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. 21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious loving-kindness].

It is with sincerity of heart that you be reconciled to God through His son Jesus Christ. I hope that this Lenten Season you would meditate up His word, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, and accept what Christ did and be saved, renewed in mind, and refreshed in spirit.

 Live Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, now and forever.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

More Blossoms!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Forcing Blossoms

I took a clean old olive jar and filled it with filtered cold water and flower preserver. Then using a pair of kitchen shears I set out to cut some tender branches of azalea, forsythia, and lilac bushes, trimming buds below the waterline of the jar to keep the water from getting grimy.  Replace and keep the water clear, re-trimming branches every week. Blossoms will appear in about three weeks. I am looking forward seeing this year's blossoms because this is the first time I am forcing blossoms from three types of plants.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Beauty of the Blossom

Blossoms are beautiful! 
Each unique to its own family of fauna.
Forsythia, yellow and bright first of the spring flowers, what a sight!
Crocus, daffodil, tulip, and lilies of the valley pop up next.
Lilac, with its many colors and perfumes.
The "Red Bud" with its purple blossoms, unfurling heart shaped leaves.
Fruit trees of cherry, apple, peach, plum, and nectarine, come last.
Blossoms are beautiful, especially in Spring!