Sep 29, 2013

Jenn & Brian Johnson I've got a River of Life

Sep 20, 2013

Jonathan Thulin - "Babylon" Official Music Video


Thanks to Evan Sieling for "liking" Jonathan Thulin's link on facebook... I checked out their music. Love the story and visuals in his music... awesome!




Proverbs 28:9 - Detestable Prayers

I shared this earlier on my facebook page and it really is settling in my heart, its like an "ah ha" but "Oh My God!!!" moment of revelation.

 I am really just struck by this passage/verse these past two days: Proverbs 28:9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable. In some translations, detestable is "abomination"...

That is extremely powerful to me in my mind, and I hope (and yes pray) that it becomes more powerful in my heart. The commentary on this scripture is equally revealing - a bit of a "shake up" for me. (written in an old form of english) I especially see this part speaking to me "when there is a 'turning away' from the control of the Law; in that wrily it is meet that a man should be a stranger to the favours of him to whose bidding he will not be subject." Understanding I don't believe the Law was abolished (as I know many agree with) but it was fulfilled - but being fulfilled doesn't make it null and void. Just like if someone steals and they are charged with theft, doesn't do away with the law. They broke the law, justice was served and therefore it was fulfilled.

Verse 9. - He that turneth away his ear from hearing the Law. He who refuses to hearken to and to practise the dictates of the Divine law (comp Proverbs 1:20. Even his prayer shall be abomination (comp. Proverbs 15:8, and note there). "God heareth not sinners" (John 9:31). Such a man's prayer, if he does pray, is not hearty and sincere, and therefore, lacks the element which alone can make it acceptable. He will not resolve to forsake his favourite sin, even while paying outward worship to the God whoso Law he breaks: what wonder that the prophet so sternly denounces such offenders (Isaiah 1:11. etc.), and the psalmist cries with terrible rigour, "When he shall be judged, let him be condemned; and let his prayer become sin" (Psalm 109:7)? St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 10:27), "Our heart blames us in offering up our prayers, when it calls to mind that it is set in opposition to the precepts of him whom it implores, and the prayer becomes abomination, when there is a 'turning away' from the control of the Law; in that wrily it is meet that a man should be a stranger to the favours of him to whose bidding he will not be subject." And again (ibid., 18:9, 10), "If that which he bids we do, that which we ask we shall obtain. For with God both these two do of necessity match with one another exactly, that practice should be sustained by prayer, and prayer by practice" (Oxford transl.).

I know there are many other verses that may seem to contradict this - but I am thinking this applies to those who continually stay in sin who want the benefits and blessings but reject the One behind them.. the commentary mentions a person's favorite "sin" - I can relate to this so much. So many times I have asked God for this or that but by default refused to be transformed by His word, instead actually becoming a harbor for a particular or specific sin, that my carnal mind or flesh didn't want to relinquish. How awful is that? Oh God, help me to be continually transformed by the renewing of my mind, by studying your word, and spending alone time with you, seeking your Voice and wise counsel, discipline and instruction! Sure there is grace and where there is sin, grace abounds more.... but Paul plainly stated, should we go on sinning, No! That is my hope, my desire, to surely be made Holy through this continual process of sanctification.

NDE - Tom Sawyer - Pure True Love

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Heaven!!

Someone I use to know left this for me while I was away on a business trip.  I came across it as I was cleaning out my files many weeks ago and decided I wanted to keep it.

Thinking over the statement, I am so grateful that God in His undeserving grace to me, allowed me to visit what I know to be heaven and has many many times reassured me of my salvation.  An assurance that goes beyond anything I can truly comprehend, because of His grace.

I am so thankful today, that I DO know where I will go when I leave this world, and I absolutely hope and pray that every human I have ever loved and continue to love will come to know this same truth and be there as well.  I know I have been to Heaven, at least in part and if you haven't read that story on this blog, you can by visiting this "Near Death Experience" link.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:  and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace we are saved.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 14:2  In my Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

Revelation 21:1  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

1 Corinthians 2:9  But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"

Revelation 21:19  The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel.  The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald...

John 10:28  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Luke 12:32  Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.


Sep 15, 2013

Picnic at Arrington Vineyards